Abstract

This work deals with the development of an adaptive hydrodynamic bearing made of a mobile housing mounted on piezoelectric actuators. The device is placed near one of the two bearings supporting a slender shaft. Imposing a harmonic displacement on the mobile bearing, in two orthogonal directions, a rotating force, and hence a correcting moment, can be produced on the shaft so as to reduce the bending caused by the unbalance. The first tests carried out are encouraging and the agreement of experimental and numerical results is satisfactory.

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