The Magnetohydrodynamic Journal Bearing

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Dennis C. Kuzma

Research Laboratories, General Motors Corporation, Warren, Mich.

J. Basic Eng 85(3), 424-427 (Sep 01, 1963) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3656630 History: Received July 31, 1962; Online November 03, 2011


An analysis of an infinite journal bearing is presented for the case of an electrically conducting fluid in the presence of a magnetic field. The magnetohydrodynamic form of Reynolds’ bearing equation is derived and solved for the pressure distribution. The load carrying capacity is determined from the pressure distribution. Numerical data are presented for nonconducting bearing surfaces. These data are compared with the data from the ordinary journal bearing. It is shown that the load carrying capacity is increased by the application of a magnetic field.

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