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Title: Design of Pot Bearings

Author(s): W. Buchler

Publication: Symposium Paper

Volume: 94


Appears on pages(s): 883-916

Keywords: bearings; friction; loads (forces); neoprene; pressure; reviews; serviceability; stresses; structural design; thickness; Design

Date: 7/1/1987

The state of the art in the design of pot bearings and, in particular, the relationship between the stress condition in the pot and the adjacent structure are overviewed. The difficulties encountered in performing precise calculations are discussed. Safe and simple design criteria are obtained through the analysis of the ultimate state. The most recent research programs on bearing plates, the factors relevant to the stress condition under the distribution plate, and deformations are reported. Formulas for the design of the pot and the distribution plate are given. The transmission of horizontal forces through the bearing is analyzed. The necessary formulas are presented as well as current values for friction between various materials and the strength of typical shear connectors in use. A bibliography covering many aspects of the theoretical and practical research performed on this subject concludes the paper.


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