Efficient numerical method for various geometries of gas lubricated bearings

R.H.M. van der Stegen, H. Moes

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    This paper discusses the development of a numerical solver for the Reynolds equation in aerodynamic lubricated bearings, utilizing a finite difference method with multigrid. The advantages of the numerical method are that the number of operations and the memory capacity needed are almost proportional to the number of gridpoints involved. It is second order accurate and can cope with various bearing geometries. A survey is also given of the implemented modifications of the Reynolds equation. The efficiency of the method is demonstrated by two examples, namely: the dynamic tracking of the centre of a herringbone grooved journal bearing and the equilibrium position of a hard disk slider.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationElastohydrodynamics - '96 Fundamentals and Applications in Lubrication and Traction
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology held in the Institute of Tribology, Department of Mechanical Engineering 10-13 September 1996 • The University of Leeds, UK
    EditorsD. Dowson, C.M. Taylor, T.H.C. Childs, G. Dalmaz, Y. Berthier, L. Flamand, J.-M. Georges, A.A. Lubrecht
    ISBN (Print)0-444 828-095
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 1997
    Event23rd Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology 1996 - Leeds, United Kingdom
    Duration: 10 Sept 199613 Sept 1996
    Conference number: 23

    Publication series

    NameTribology Series


    Conference23rd Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology 1996
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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