An Ion-Drag Thrust Bearing

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Charles A. Timko

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.

J. Basic Eng 88(1), 143-146 (Mar 01, 1966) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3645790 History: Received June 15, 1965; Online November 03, 2011


A means of pressurizing thrust bearings through the use of ions and high electric fields is investigated theoretically and experimentally. Theoretically, the mechanism is attributed to corona generated like-charged ions. Experimentally, this effect does exist but with other effects present. In both cases, the carrying capacity of the bearing is quite small. Applications of the bearing are rather limited.

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