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Characteristics of a Self-Lubricated Stepped Thrust Pad of Infinite Width With Compressible Lubricant

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Kikuo C. Kochi

Preliminary Guidance Anaylsis, Autonetics, North American Aviation, Inc., Downey, Calif.

J. Basic Eng 81(2), 135-145 (Jun 01, 1959) (11 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4008394 History: Received September 15, 1958; Published June 01, 1959; Online February 20, 2019


Harrison’s equation for the pressure in a gas-lubricated bearing of infinite width is solved for a thrust pad with stepped configuration. Analytic expressions for the pressure and load are developed. Numerical results are presented graphically. The analytic expressions together with the numerical data permit most of those characteristics of the stepped pad of practical interest to be completely determinable. Determination of optimum design parameters is given by a pair of graphs.

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