Effects of the dimple geometry on the isothermal performance of a hydrodynamic textured tilting-pad thrust bearing

Effects of the dimple geometry on the isothermal performance of a hydrodynamic textured tilting-pad thrust bearing

Mostefa KouiderSouchet Dominique Zebbar Djallel Youcefi Abdelkader 

Université des Sciences et de la Technologies d’Oran Mohamed Boudiaf, USTO-MB, BP 1505 El M’naouer, 31000 Oran, Algérie

Institut Pprime, CNRS-Université de Poitiers – ENSMA, UPR 3346, Département de Génie Mécanique et Systèmes Complexes, F86962 FUTUROSCOPE Chassenuile, France

Institut des Sciences et Technologies, Centre Universitaire de Tissemsilt El-Wancharissi, 38000, Algérie

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31 October 2017
6 March 2018
30 June 2018
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This paper is devoted to the analysis of effects of the dimple geometry on the hydrodynamic characteristics of a tilting pad thrust bearing. In a first step a discretization of Reynolds equation has been carried out by the finite difference method. It is followed by the development and validation of a hydrodynamic model used later for the examination of the influence of different surface dimples (radial, circumferential, rectangular…) on the hydrodynamic characteristics such as maximum pressure, friction torque and power loss. This study allowed highlighting that a suitable arrangement of the dimple contact surface area and also the depth of the dimple can contribute significantly to the improvement of the hydrodynamic characteristics of the tilting-pad thrust bearing.


dimple geometry, hydrodynamic lubrication, pressure distribution, tilting-pad thrust bearings

1. Introduction
2. Mathematical Formulation of the Problem
3. Model Validation
4. Textures Characteristics
5. Results and Discussion
6. Conclusions

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