S N A M E N e w E n g l a nd S e c t i o n Hears Paper On Thrust B e a r i n gs
A recent SNAME New England Section meeting was held at the Faculty Club of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. The speaker was Lyssimachos Vassilopoulos, president of Maritech, Inc. He presented a paper titled "Stiffness and Damping of Thrust Bearings," Engineering procedures f or determining thrust bearing stiffness and damping properties at the design stage, using simplified structural models and elementary lubrication theory, were discussed in detail by the author. The utility of the finite element method for more refined assessments was also illustrated.
Mr. Vassilopoulos concluded his presentation by discussing some specific examples to show how the p r o p e r t i e s of existing bearings can be determined. Due to their simplicity, the methods suggested in the paper can be of great usefulness at the design stage. The presentation was followed by a discussion period in which many members of the audience participated.