Thrust Bearings

For High or Low Axial Loads

From fixed profile designs for lightly loaded applications to advanced tilt pad solutions for more demanding, high-load, high-speed applications, Waukesha Bearings offers a wide range of thrust bearings to provide an optimized solution no matter the application.

Combination thrust/journal bearing designs are available for applications with limited axial space.

Tilting pad thrust bearing with 'Directed Lubrication'
Tilt pad thrust bearing with instrumentation

Tilt Pad Thrust Bearings

Waukesha Bearings tilt pad thrust bearings are specially engineered for reduced power loss, oil flow and pad temperatures, for the most reliable and efficient machine performance. Tilt pad designs may be non-equalizing or self-equalizing with flooded or ‘Directed’ lubrication.

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Fixed Profile Thrust Bearings

For applications with low thrust loads, limited space and negligible misalignment, Waukesha Bearings designs and supplies thrust plates with simple or compound taper land faces.

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Tilt pad journal bearing with fixed profile thrust bearing

Features and Benefits

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

‘Directed Lubrication’
Allows for increased load capacity, significantly reduced power losses (often over 50% at higher speeds), and reduced bearing surface temperatures and oil flow.

Pad Pivot Types/Offsets
Allow for increased capacity (loading) of the thrust bearing at higher speeds. Advanced designs with high pivot stiffness address unique application issues such as dynamic loading.

Alternative Pad Backing/Surface Materials
Accommodate higher temperatures and dissipate heat more effectively, increasing load carrying capacity.

Advanced Materials
Allow for operation at significantly higher temperatures and thinner films than babbitt.

Hydrostatic Jacking
Allows operation with heavy loads at low speeds, inceasing load-carrying capacity at start-up.

Instrumentation Options
Supply critical measurements that may indicate machine malfunction. Options include temperature sensors, proximity probes and load cell systems.

Axial Vibration Suppression Technology
Patented technology designed specifically to suppress axial vibration in turbomachinery without sacrificing performance.

Equalized tilt pad thrust bearing (CQ range)
Large polymer-lined tilt pad thrust bearing

High-Performing Solutions

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.

Combined thrust/journal bearing assembly