Recent Improvements in Load Capacity of Large-Steam-Turbine Thrust Bearings

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H. C. Bahr

Large Steam Turbine-Generator Department, General Electric Company, Schenectady, N. Y.

J. Eng. Power 83(1), 130-134 (Jan 01, 1961) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3673097 History: Received August 31, 1959; Online January 10, 2012


The load capacity of tapered-land and pivoted-shoe thrust bearings has been increased significantly by the use of materials with high thermal conductivity and by modified shoe designs. Results of full-scale maximum-capacity tests at 3600 rpm and at 1800 rpm are presented. Improvements in bearing performance have been made possible by an apparent reduction in thermal distortion and bearing temperature.

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