Effects of the ram-pressure on the THD-performance of pivoted pad thrust bearings are investigated experimentally. A sector-shaped tilting pad thrust bearing and rotating disk are used. Temperature distribution on the disk surface as well as on the pad surface, distribution of the pressure generated within the fluid film, and the film thickness are measured continuously in the circumferential direction after thermal equilibrium is established.
The ram-pressure is proportional to the mean pressure of oil film and to the rotational speed of the disk and affects the maximum pressure and the pressure distribution. The temperature rise on the mating surface of the disc and the pad, contacting with the oil film, is proportional to the bearing load and the disk speed.
The ram-pressure and the temperature rise on the disk surface are dominant factors that affect the THD-performance of pivoted pad thrust bearings.