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Journal (Radial) Bearings

Waukesha Bearings has the most extensive range of journal bearings in the industry, with designs from less than one inch (25 mm) to over 20 inches (500 mm) in diameter, available in a wide variety of fixed profile (sleeve) and tilting pad configurations. Combination thrust/journal bearing designs are also available for applications with limited axial space. 

Waukesha Bearings tilting pad radial bearings are designed to transfer radial loads from rotating shafts with minimum power loss and optimum dynamic characteristics. Engineers at Waukesha Bearings work collaboratively with customers to understand the performance expectations and operating conditions of the bearing and then provide a high-performing solution, manufactured to the highest quality standards in the industry.

Turbomachinery OEMs rely on Waukesha Bearings to deliver the right solution. From small, high speed turbochargers to the world’s largest gas turbine…Waukesha Bearings delivers.

Performance You Can Trust.

Explore some of our proven journal bearing designs:


Features and Benefits

Engineers at Waukesha Bearings apply a variety of specialized design features to create a custom radial bearing solution that is optimized for superior performance.

  • ‘Directed Lubrication’ – minimizes power loss, keeps pad temperatures low and allows for increased load capacity.
  • Pad Pivot Types – allow for increased capacity (loading) of the bearing with configuration designed to accommodate axial misalignment.
  • Alternative Pad Backing/Surface Materials – accommodates higher temperatures and dissipates heat more effectively…increasing load carrying capacity.
  • Pad Geometries – optimize dynamic performance of the machine – increase stability, create optimal stiffness and damping characteristics.
  • Hydrostatic Lift – configurations designed to accommodate high loads at machine start-up without sacrificing load carrying capacity.
  • Advanced Materials – allow for operation at significantly higher temperatures and thinner films than babbitt.
  • Instrumentation Options – supply critical measurements that may indicate machine malfunction (include temperature sensors and proximity probes).

Intro to Fluid Film Bearing Materials


Waukesha Bearings’ radial bearings are customized for performance in a variety of applications, including:

  • Pumps
  • Motors
  • Compressors
  • Turbines
  • Generators
  • Gearboxes