Tribology Letters

, 63:27 | Cite as

Experimental Study on Transient Behavior of Cavitation Phenomenon in Textured Thrust Bearings

  • Linqing Bai
  • Yonggang MengEmail author
  • Varian Zhang
Original Paper


The transient behavior of cavitation phenomenon in textured thrust bearings with oil lubricant was experimentally investigated. During experiments, the cavitation phenomenon in different surface textures was observed directly with a high-speed camera. It is shown that cavitation shape and area change according to texture patterns. The bubbles within cavitation zones increase with running time in the beginning and gradually reach a steady state, meaning that a transient period is needed to achieve equilibrium. In addition, the bubble composition was analyzed under the temperature of 35 °C and pressure of 30 kPa. The results show that oil vaporization plays a minor role in the formation of bubbles.


Cavitation phenomenon Transient behavior Texturing Thrust bearings 



The authors would like to acknowledge the support of Shell Global Solutions (USA) as well as the NSFC with the Grant No. 51323006.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of TribologyTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Shell (Shanghai) Technology Ltd.ShanghaiChina

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