Laminar Flow in a Recess of a Hydrostatic Bearing Academic Article uri icon


  • The flow in a recess of a hydrostatic journal bearing is studied in detail. The Navier-Stokes equations for the laminar flow of an incompressible liquid are solved numerically in a two-dimensional plane of a typical bearing recess. Pressure-and shear-induced flows, as well as a combination of these two flow conditions, are analyzed. Recess friction, pressure-ram effects at discontinuities in the flow region, and film entrance pressure loss effects are calculated. Entrance pressure loss coefficients over a forward-facing step are presented as functions of the mean flow Reynolds number for pure-pressure and shear-induced laminar flows. © 1992 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

author list (cited authors)

  • San Andres, L. A., & Velthuis, J.

citation count

  • 17

publication date

  • January 1992