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

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. (Read how fluid film bearings work.) 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.

Combination Bearings

Combined journal and thrust bearings can reduce the size of machine casings while taking advantage of the full range of our specialized design features.

Tilt Pad Journal Bearings

Tilt pad journal bearings can improve stability, adapt to changing conditions, handle misalignment or fine-tune bearing performance.

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Tilt Pad Thrust Bearings

Tilt pad thrust bearings are typically introduced to accommodate changing conditions or misalignment.

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Standard pads are steel backed with a babbitt lining. For higher speeds, loads and operating temperatures, common options also include:

  • Copper chrome-backed pads faced with babbitt
  • Steel-backed pads faced with copper lead
  • Engineered polymer, which offers outstanding potential for high ambient temperature applications and water lubrication, as well as being an electrical insulator and resistant to chemical attack

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