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Journal of Flow Visualization and Image Processing

ISSN Print: 1065-3090
ISSN Online: 1940-4336

Journal of Flow Visualization and Image Processing

DOI: 10.1615/JFlowVisImageProc.v8.i2-3.90
10 pages

PERFORMANCE COMPARISON OF VERTICAL HERRINGBONE GROOVED JOURNAL BEARINGS

Sonny H. Winoto
Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117576
Z. Q. Hou
Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260
Q. D. Zhang
Data Storage Institute, DSI Building, National University of Singapore, Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117608

ABSTRACT

The performance of vertical herringbone grooved journal bearings has been experimentally conducted to investigate the effects of groove patterns on the pumping sealing of the bearings. A test rig has been designed and fabricated for this purpose, and different herringbone groove patterns on the shafts have been tested at rotational speeds of about 200–2100 rpm. The aluminium shafts are of 46.2 mm diameter and the transparent sleeve (to enable visual observation of liquid lubricant between the shafts and the sleeve) was made of a perspex pipe of 120 mm length. Pressure tappings were made on the sleeve to obtain the pressure pro.les along the shafts. The asymmetrical S-L-S-L (short-long-short-long) pattern, with a groove length ratio of 4.5:5.5, and the symmetrical L-S-S-L (long-short-long-short) pattern, with a groove length ratio of 3:7, show the most promising performance among the herringbone groove patterns considered.