33rd Annual Meeting


Sunday – Friday, November 4 – November 9, 2018
Red Rock Casino • Resort • Spa
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Conference Chair:
Kate M. Medicus, Ruda Cardinal, Inc.

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Farid Al-Bender (KU Leuven)
Date and Time: TBA

This tutorial provides a detailed overview of the state of the art in air bearings. It starts by history, utility and place of gas bearings in modern technology. A large part is devoted to modelling  of gas lubricating films and there basic characteristics. Sub-problems are treated separately: -fluid entrance to the gap; – inertia effects; – dynamics behavior; – thermal issues and management; – active bearings and dynamic compensation. Although emphasis is placed on flat aerostatic bearings and on (high-speed) journal bearings, other types of bearing are overviewed: foil bearings; porous bearings; tilting-pad bearings; hanging bearings; … Finally, application examples will be presented and discussed throughout the tutorial within the context of the different bearing types and design issues.