An Analysis of A Hydrostatic Bearing

Open Access
Fan, Judy Yuwen
Area of Honors:
Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Gita Talmage, Thesis Supervisor
  • Domenic Adam Santavicca, Honors Advisor
  • Bearing
  • Hydrostatic bearing
  • Pressure distribution
  • Reynolds equation
  • Flow rate
  • Load capacity.
The focus of this thesis is on the analysis of hydrostatic bearings, in both one-dimension and two-dimensions, to establish their performance characteristics. One bearing configuration was analyzed analytically and numerically to determine the film thickness that minimizes the total energy loss. In two dimensions, for a specific bearing configuration, the pressure distribution was determined numerically, and the volumetric flow rate and load capacity were calculated. The flow rate and load capacity were found to vary linearly with increasing recess pressure and film thickness.