In this paper, the extended Reynolds equation proposed by Dousti et al. [1] is applied to predict the dynamic behavior of different fixed geometry bearings used in vertical water pumps. The influence of convective and temporal inertia effects is studied in regular and preloaded multi-lobe bearings. It is shown that the convective inertia is more influential at the presence of preload and higher rotational speeds and alters the stiffness and damping properties of the bearing. The temporal inertia leads to the prediction of considerable lubricant added mass coefficients in the order of journal mass. The stability analysis shows depending upon the geometry of the bearing, the new extended Reynolds equation may predict higher or lower logarithmic decrement.

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