Application of Flow and Stability Theory to the Design of Externally Pressurized Spherical Gas Bearings

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Robert L. Grossman

Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, Bethpage, L. I., N. Y.

J. Basic Eng 85(4), 495-502 (Dec 01, 1963) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3656890 History: Received July 06, 1962; Online November 03, 2011


Application of the flow theory of Laub and Norton [1] and the stability theory of Licht, Fuller, and Sternlicht [2] is made to the design of externally pressurized spherical gas bearings. Analytical results are presented in the form of “stability maps” (stability limits) and were confirmed by experimental data. The double-valuedness of stable loading for a constant supply pressure is predicted. The design procedure presented appears to be a dependable method for assuring stable operation of spherical gas bearings.

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