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Load Capacity Tests on Tapered-Land and Pivoted-Shoe Thrust Bearings for Large Steam-Turbine Application

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R. E. Brandon, H. C. Bahr

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

J. Eng. Power 81(2), 208-213 (Apr 01, 1959) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4008047 History: Received September 04, 1958; Published April 01, 1959; Online February 20, 2019


Results of full-scale maximum load capacity tests on large, 3600-rpm, pivoted-shoe and tapered-land thrust bearings are reported. The results show 700 psi capacity for the pivoted-shoe bearing and 1085 psi for the tapered-land type. Additional evidence of thermal distortion and its effect on thrust-bearing capacity are discussed. A brief description of a new thrust-bearing test installation also is included.

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