DOI: 15, 2021Proceedings Paper

Numerical Investigation for Characteristics and Oil-Air Distributions of a Tilting-Pad Journal Bearing Under Different Loads

Xuesong Li, Aoshuang Ding


This paper analyses the flow characteristics and oil-air distributions of oil flows in a tilting-pad journal bearing under different bearing loads. This titling-pad journal bearing is working at 3000 rpm rotation speed and its minimum film thicknesses have been measured under different loads from 180 kN to 299 kN. Based on the previous researches of this bearing under 180 kN, the gaseous cavitation and low-turbulence flow exists in this bearing flow. A suitable gaseous cavitation model and the SST model with low-Re correction are used in the film flow simulations. With the rotor and pads assumed to be rigid, the dynamic mesh and motion equations are applied to simulate the motions of the rotor and the rotations of the pads. Based on the simulation results under different bearing loads, the simulated minimum film thicknesses agrees well with the measured data. It indicates that the simulation results can catch the film geometries and flows correctly. With the load increasing, the rotor moves closer to the loaded pads and the minimum film thickness decreases. Taking the effect of boundary layers into consideration, the turbulence has a negative relationship with the film thickness and decreases in the loaded area under higher bea...Continue Reading

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