Neglecting side leakage the maximum load capacity which can be carried per unit width is obtained when there is a stepped convergence to the oil film. However, when side leakage is considered the stepped bearing is only slightly better than the tilting-pad bearing, this being due to the fact that the maximum oil pressure occurs at the step where the oil-film thickness is a maximum and hence there is easy means of escape for oil. The tapered-land bearing does not suffer from this disadvantage and computations have been carried out which show that the maximum load this bearing is capable of supporting is about 14 per cent greater than the maximum load capable of being supported by the tilting-pad bearing, both cases not neglecting side leakage. Some numerical calculations are made.

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