EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION OF TWO-PHASE FLOW IN THRUST BEARINGS
MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGY INC LATHAM NY
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The behavior of vapors in bearings should be quite different from that of gases. Thermodynamic processes are treated simply in gas-lubricated bearings, but they are likely to both be more complex and more important in vapor-lubricated bearings. Under most practical operating conditions, condensation can be expected to occur in vapor-lubricated bearings. Consequently, the vapor-lubricated bearing problem is one of two-phase flow. An analytical study of two-phase flow in thrust bearings is being conducted. This report describes the results of the concurrent experimental investigation. Thus far, the experiments have been largely exploratory and, as such, were intended to provide a better appreciation of the nature of the phenomena occurring in vapor-lubricated bearings and of the broad practical significance of these phenomena.
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