A Finite Element Approach to Pad Flexibility Effects in Tilt Pad Journal Bearings: Part I—Single Pad Analysis Academic Article uri icon


  • A general method of incorporating pad flexibility effects into tilting pad isothermal bearing analysis is developed. The pad assembly approach is extended using 2-dimensional finite elements to determine pad deformations of a single pad. The pad deformations are represented by a single degree of freedom, the change in the pad radius of curvature, thus the current method is an approximate approach. The equations to calculate frequency reduced coefficients for a single pad are presented. Synchronously reduced coefficients for a single pad are in agreement with previous curved beam approximate methods and a more rigorous iterative approach. The finite element pad model provides more versatility in modeling nonuniform pad dimensions and the skewed boundary conditions which occur at the spherical pivotpad socket interfaces. © 1990 by ASME.

author list (cited authors)

  • Earles, L. L., Palazzolo, A. B., & Armentrout, R. W.

citation count

  • 37

publication date

  • April 1990