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Tilt Pad Bearings

Waukesha Bearings tilting pad bearings are engineered for stability, adaptability and load capacity.

Hydrodynamic fluid film bearings rely on film pressure to separate the rotating and stationary surfaces and to counteract forces (loads) on the shaft. The relative motion of the surfaces as the lubricant is pulled into a converging geometry between the surfaces creates that necessary film pressure.

While some loads can be counteracted with fixed profile bearings, tilt pad bearings offer greater customization so that the bearings can be tuned to the conditions of a machine. Pad number, pivot type, pivot offset, pad arc, pad material and other features are each modified for the ideal formation of film to meet equipment demands.

Waukesha Bearings combines an extensive database of successful designs with in-house analysis tools and engineer expertise to develop optimized solutions for today’s rotating equipment.

Tilt pad thrust bearings are typically introduced to accommodate changing conditions or misalignment. Tilt pad journal bearings can improve stability, adapt to changing conditions, handle misalignment or fine-tune bearing performance. Combination thrust/journal bearing designs are also available.