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Fluid Bearings with Adjustable Frictional Load Characteristics

Abstract: 

An aspect of the present disclosure relates to a fluid bearing having an adjustable effective surface area and a method of adjusting the load carrying capacity of a fluid bearing. The fluid bearing may include a bore defining a central longitudinal axis and lubricating fluid provided within the bore. The fluid bearing may also include a bearing including a bearing surface, wherein at least a portion of the bearing is positioned within the bore. An adjustable effective bearing surface area may also be provided. The method includes adjusting effective bearing surface area of the bearing.

Patent Number: 
9,181,980
Date Of Issue: 
11/10/2015
Inventors: 

Charles E. Roberts Jr.