Surface textures have been shown to have the potential of enhancing the performance of hydrodynamic bearings and many other applications. However, a comprehensive literature review by the authors has revealed that the application of surface texturing is still limited due to major challenges, such as the complexity of computational models and the large variety of operating conditions encountered in conventional industrial applications. In the present work, the potential of surface texturing for tilting pad thrust bearings is investigated through the development of a numerical model based on the Reynolds equation incorporating an iterative and mass-conserving cavitation algorithm. The influence of texturing parameters on the main bearing characteristics is explored and the interaction between optimal texturing parameters and operating conditions is analysed. Experimental work on a purposely designed thrust bearing test rig will be carried out to validate and improve the numerical model
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