Alan Krem

Oil/bearing interface model

Discussion created by Alan Krem on Apr 30, 2009
Latest reply on Jun 26, 2009 by Kirby Meyer
Does anyone have a good methodology to model or simulate the correct way the load is distributed on a journal bearing? Contact really is not a good way to do it as it assumes the load is transmitted through the very localized contact point where the smaller diameter shaft is touching the larger diameter bearing bore. Contact would be good for a pin/clevis style joint. In a journal bearing, the shaft is supportted on a film of oil which distributes the load rather than ceating a small contact load.