Custom Solutions

With more than 40 years of proven service, Waukesha Bearings vertical assemblies are available in a wide range of sizes and include a variety of innovative design options, including various cooling arrangements, electrical insulation, hydrostatic lift provisions and instrumentation.

Proven designs range from large combination thrust and journal bearings for motor-driven reactor coolant pumps used in nuclear power stations, to small, self-contained air-cooled units for LNG pumps.

Whatever the application, Waukesha Bearings customizes the solution for optimum performance.

Features and Benefits

Waukesha Bearings applies a variety of specialized design features to customize vertical bearing solutions to application conditions and the required performance parameters.

  • Center pivot pads for bi-directional shaft rotation
  • Air, fan, water or forced lubrication cooling
  • Hydrostatic lift to accommodate high load at start-up and to assist in assembly and inspection
  • Temperature, load cell and vibration instrumentation
  • Electrical insulation to protect bearings in motor/generator applications
  • Corrosion resistant materials

Typical Applications

Tilt Pad Journal Bearings

Waukesha Bearings custom engineers each tilt pad journal bearing to not only handle the required loads but also provide optimum static and dynamic performance.

Pad arc, pivot offset, bearing clearance, length of the bearing, and preload are each carefully considered, as they can affect such factors as power loss, temperature and dynamic performance.

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Tilt Pad Thrust Bearings

Waukesha Bearings tilt pad thrust bearings, available with or without equalizing links, are designed to transfer high axial loads from rotating shafts with minimum power loss. Pads can be supplied with center pivots for bi-directional running or offset pivots for increased load capacity and lower pad temperatures.

Patented design features allow for optimized performance in a variety of applications.

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