A computer simulation method for dynamic and stability analyses of air bearings

Gang Lin, Tojiro Aoyama, Ichiro Inasaki

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A computer simulation method for the dynamic and stability analyses of air bearings is proposed in this study. The general form of the time-dependent Reynolds equation, which includes the effects of high rotating speed, vibration and air supply, is studied. The finite element method is employed to obtain the numerical solution of the pressure distribution and the Galerkin weighted residual method is applied to discretize the Reynolds equation. To analyse the dynamics and stability of air bearings, the motion of the shaft supported by the bearing is simulated by a large computer and the Runge-Kutta method is employed to give an accurate description of the shaft's motion. Some examples of simulated results are shown to confirm the applicability of the proposed method and the possibility of developing a computer-aided design system for air bearings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-319
Number of pages13
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1988 Sept 15
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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