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Correction published on 17 October 2017, see Lubricants 2017, 5(4), 40.

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Lubricants 2015, 3(1), 3-13; doi:10.3390/lubricants3010003

Experimental Performance Study of a High Speed Oil Lubricated Polymer Thrust Bearing

Waukesha Bearings, W231N2811 Roundy Circle East, Suite 200, Pewaukee, WI 53072, USA
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Academic Editors: Michel Fillon and Romeo P. Glovnea
Received: 30 October 2014 / Accepted: 23 December 2014 / Published: 21 January 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Friction and Lubrication of Bearings)
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With the demand for turbomachinery to operate at higher speeds, loads, and power, fluid film bearings that support turbomachinery must be capable of operating in these more demanding applications. Thrust bearings operating at high speeds and loads can experience high surface temperatures and thin fluid film thickness. Typically, babbitt (white metal) is the bearing lining material for most turbomachinery bearings but is limited in operating temperature and allowable film thickness. Polymer based materials are alternative materials that can operate at high temperatures and with thin films and have been in use for many decades in high load applications, such as electric submersible pumps (ESP). Test results of polymer lined thrust bearings subjected to modern turbomachinery speeds and loads are presented and compared to babbitt lined bearings of the same design and under similar conditions. The test results show polymer lined thrust bearings can operate at higher bearing unit loads than babbitt. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydrodynamic bearings; high speed; polymer; PEEK; thrust bearing; performance; experimental hydrodynamic bearings; high speed; polymer; PEEK; thrust bearing; performance; experimental
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Zhou, J.; Blair, B.; Argires, J.; Pitsch, D. Experimental Performance Study of a High Speed Oil Lubricated Polymer Thrust Bearing. Lubricants 2015, 3, 3-13.

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