Load and stiffness of a planar ferrofluid pocket bearing

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Abstract

A ferrofluid pocket bearings is a type of hydrostatic bearing that uses a ferrofluid seal to encapsulate a pocket of air to carry a load. Their properties, combining a high stiffness with low (viscous) friction and absence of stick-slip, make them interesting for applications that require fast and high precision positioning. Knowledge on the exact performance of these types of bearings is up to now not available. This article presents a method to model the load carrying capacity and normal stiffness characteristics of this type of bearings. Required for this is the geometry of the bearing, the shape of the magnetic field and the magnetization strength of the fluid. This method is experimentally validated and is shown to be correct for describing the load and stiffness characteristics of any fixed shape of ferrofluid pocket bearing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-25
JournalInstitution of Mechanical Engineers. Proceedings. Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology
Volume232
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • hydrostatic bearing
  • magnetics
  • mathematical modelling
  • planar bearing
  • Precision engineering

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