Numerical analysis of stiffness of self-acting air bearings of various curvatures

Woo Chun Choi, Yong Ho Shin, Jung Hwan Choi

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Self-acting air bearings are increasingly used in supporting small high-speed rotating bodies. In this study we report on the effects of design parameters on the axial stiffness of spiral-grooved air bearings of various curvatures. The design parameters selected in this study include fundamental clearance, groove depth, and bearing number. Coordinate transformation is performed to deal effectively with bearings of various curvatures. The pressure distribution at the gap between the stator and rotor of the bearing is obtained numerically, and the axial load and the stiffness of the bearing are calculated from the pressure distribution results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-475
Number of pages6
JournalJSME International Journal, Series C: Mechanical Systems, Machine Elements and Manufacturing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Air bearing
  • Axial load
  • Bearing number
  • Clearance
  • Curvature
  • Groove depth
  • Self-acting
  • Spiral groove
  • Stiffness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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