RESEARCH PAPERS: Gas Turbines: Structures and Dynamics

Experimental Analysis of Journal Bearings

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A. H. Elkholy

Department of Mechanical Engineering, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates

A. Elshakweer

Global Engineering Technology, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 117(3), 589-592 (Jul 01, 1995) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2814138 History: Received July 20, 1994; Online November 19, 2007


This study presents a comprehensive technique, which could be applied to almost any rotating equipment to identify and diagnose journal bearing problems that relate to metal-to-metal bearing surface contact. Orbital measurements that describe bearing parameters in different modes of operation were experimentally obtained and analyzed. Such parameters may include: attitude angle, minimum oil film thickness, and the possibility of metal-to-metal rubbing occurrence. The general outline of the presented experimental technique was substantiated using the Raimondi–Boyd well-documented design charts and good correlation between experimental and analytical results was obtained.

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