Imperial College London

Dr Tom Reddyhoff

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Senior Lecturer



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BibTex format

author = {Wen, J and Dini, D and Reddyhoff, T},
doi = {10.1016/j.triboint.2019.01.047},
journal = {Tribology International},
title = {Design and optimization of a liquid ring thrust bearing},
url = {},
year = {2019}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Liquid menisci at millimeter length scales and smaller exhibit large Laplace pressures. To utilise these effects, liquid ring bearings have recently been developed, which consist of liquid rings confined between alternate superhydrophobic and hydrophilic patterns. We present a detailed experimental and theoretical performance analysis of such bearings. For a single, 100μm thickness, liquid ring, the maximum supporting force is 0.13N, which decreases with increasing the ring misalignment. The frictional torque increases linearly with rotational speed until a critical Reynolds number is reached. Above this, an instability occurs due the concave liquid ring meniscus, which further increases friction. These results show how liquid ring bearings can be optimised.
AU - Wen,J
AU - Dini,D
AU - Reddyhoff,T
DO - 10.1016/j.triboint.2019.01.047
PY - 2019///
SN - 0301-679X
TI - Design and optimization of a liquid ring thrust bearing
T2 - Tribology International
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