Research Papers

Surface Finish and Clearance Effects on Journal-Bearing Load Capacity and Friction

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F. W. Ocvirk, G. B. DuBois

Sibley School of Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y.

J. Basic Eng 81(2), 245-252 (Jun 01, 1959) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4008428 History: Received August 04, 1958; Published June 01, 1959; Online February 20, 2019


A method of relating surface finish to minimum oil-film thickness and the corresponding load capacity of plain journal bearings is presented with supporting experimental data. The effect of clearance on load capacity and friction are shown on graphs indicating an optimum bearing clearance.

Copyright © 1959 by ASME
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