Our bespoke tilting bad bearings can be designed to suit individual project requirements, with either babbitt or PTFE lined thrust and journal bearing components.
The PTFE material can operate safely at minimal oil film thicknesses, allowing approximately twice the specific load capacity normally associated with babbitt. Today PTFE is often specified as a first choice for hydro-applications and has been shown to have clear advantages for small pad applications in more standardised reversing pump applications.
In 2019, Michell Bearings was commissioned to convert a set of problematic babbitt thrust pads to PTFE at the Norris Dam in Tennessee. The PTFE material provides a greater safety factor when compared with the babbitt solution and will increase the life of the bearing to provide greater reliability.
Tilting pad bearing applications include:
- Steam turbines
- Gas turbines
- Horizontal pumps
- Turbo compressors
- Hydro generators