P r e f a c e
During every second of every day, machines all over the world are working to provide the products we demand.These machines rely on the successful support of bearings. If a machine goes off line, extreme pressure is placed on those involved to correct the problem(s). It is the intention of this presentation to assist the reader in problemsolving by providing background information on hydro-dynamic bearings and distress modes.
Bearings which support rotating shafts can be classified into four basic categories:
– load supported by balls or rollers.
– load supported by high pressure fluid.
– load supported by a lubricant film.
– load supported by magnetic fields.This guide contains information on hydrodynamic, pivoted shoe bearings using oil as a lubricant.However, much of the information can be applied to hydrodynamic bearings in general.Section I describes the principles, parts, related parameters and operation of the bearing in order to provide a base for a better understanding of Section II.Section II provides an overview of a structured troubleshooting approach, with information on distress modes and recommended repair.
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