An Experimental Study of a Self-Acting Foil Bearing at Low Values of Foil Tension
Knight, John Michael
Pucci, Paul F.
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Theoretical solutions for the gap thickness in an infinitely wide foil bearing are reviewed. An experiment is described using a stainless steel foil wrapped about a high speed rotor. Details of instrumentation are included. Results are presented for the relation between gap thickness and foil stiffness for low values of foil tension.