Counterrotating Journal Bearings

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O. Pinkus

Technical Research Group, Inc., Syosset, N. Y.

J. Basic Eng 84(1), 110-118 (Mar 01, 1962) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3657228 History: Received July 11, 1961; Online November 04, 2011


A theoretical derivation is given showing that whenever the center of curvature of a bearing does not coincide with its center of rotation, synchronous counterrotation will produce a load capacity. Test results are given for a number of bearing designs that operated successfully under synchronous counterrotation with load capacities beyond 1500 psi. The only bearing that scored under counterrotation was a perfectly circular ungrooved bearing, as predicted by theory.

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