Michell Pad Apparatus

Michell Pad Apparatus

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Michell Pad Apparatus

Description of Michell Pad Apparatus

The bench-mounting unit has an aluminium plate (pad) mounted above a continuous loop flat belt. The belt runs in an oil reservoir to provide a continuous supply of oil under the pad. This creates a pressurised film of oil between the pad and the belt.

A set of thirteen graduated tubes show the oil pressure across and along the film under the pad.

Included is a variable speed control to control the speed of the motor that turns the belt. Students vary the belt speed to find the relationship between sliding speed, oil viscosity and pressure distribution.


  1. Pressure distributions in a tilting pad bearing.
  2. Influence of sliding speed and viscosity on the pressure distribution in the bearing and comparison with calculations based on Reynold’s equation.
  3. The  relationship between pressure and the film thickness at the trailing edge of the pad.

Operating Conditions

  1. Operating environment: Laboratory
  2. Storage temperature range: –25°C to +55°C (when packed for transport)
  3. Operating temperature range: +5°C to +40°C
  4. Operating relative humidity range: 80% at temperatures < 31°C decreasing linearly to 50% at 40°C


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