Bhat, Nikhil and Barrans, Simon (2008) Design and test of a Pareto optimal flat pad aerostatic bearing. Tribology International, 41 (3). pp. 181-188. ISSN 0301679X

This paper discusses the design and assessment of a Pareto optimal aerostatic flat pad bearing. The design of such bearings is a multi-variable, multi-criteria problem. The criteria used were load capacity, flow rate and stiffness. The design technique does not rely on weighting the criteria at the outset but allows a final design to be selected from the Pareto set. The final design was assessed using an automated experimental rig to obtain load/deflection data, mass flow rates, and film pressure profiles for a range of gap heights. The experimental performance of the Pareto optimal bearing is shown to compare well with the theoretical prediction at lower gap heights.

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