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Motors and generators

Michell Bearings is an established and trusted manufacturer of hydrodynamic bearings for horizontal and vertical shaft motor and generator applications.

We offer two product ranges for horizontal shaft motors and generators that are fixed ring lubricated and self-contained water cooled. Both product solutions can be designed to circulate oil cooling or forced oil lubrication via an external lubrication system.

Our Industrial Horizontal (IH) range covers shaft diameters from 280mm to 1000mm in both a journal only bearing, or in a thrust and journal combination. This bearing offers a higher capacity range covering a shaft diameter from 300mm to 500mm.

For vertical shaft motors, Michell Bearings has two vertical bearing product ranges, Advanced Vertical (AV) and Large Vertical (LV), depending on the shaft diameter of the machine and magnitude of the thrust loads involved.  The Vertical Series (V) is associated with journal only bearing solutions for vertical shaft applications.

Our vertical bearing designs are renowned for being compact and self-contained with no reliance on external oil systems. Oil cooling is achieved using water cooling via a heat exchanger mounted in the bearing oil sump. Air and fan cooling can also be provided for some applications depending on the operating specification.

For both horizontal and vertical shaft motor and generator applications, Michell Bearings has access to various bearing linings for the thrust and radial bearing elements ranging from white metal (or babbitt) to PTFE and PEEK depending on the requirements of the project.

Benefits

    • High reliability
    • Compact designs
    • Self-contained cooling solutions with no reliance on external oil systems
    • Advanced bearing materials (PTFE and PEEK)
    • Custom designed solutions for individual project requirements
    • Shock capable designs for naval propulsion applications

Our global network and 24 hour manufacturing capability ensures we can react quickly and efficiently to customer requirements.


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our team if you would like to discuss a bearing for a motor or generator application.

Bearings for this application

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PEEK Bearings

PEEK bearings offer high strength and higher temperature resistant advantages, suited to high speed and/or high load applications.

PEEK thrust pads can be fitted into all of Michell Bearings’ standard product range to improve bearing performance on a application.

PTFE Bearings

The ability of the PTFE material to operate safely at minimal oil film thicknesses, allows approximately twice the specific load capacity normally associated with white metal.

PTFE is often specified as first choice for hydro-applications and has been shown to have clear advantages for small pad applications in more standardised reversing pump applications.

HD Series

The Michell Heavy Duty (HD) Series is a modular range of high capacity horizontal shaft thrust and journal / journal bearings covering a shaft range from 300mm to 500mm across 2 frame sizes.

IH Series

The Michell Industrial Horizontal (IH) Series is a modular range of horizontal shaft thrust and journal / journal bearings covering a shaft range from 280mm to 1000mm across 11 frame sizes.

MV Series

For vertical shaft machine applications that cannot be satisfied using the Michell AV, LV or V product ranges

LV Series

The Michell Large Vertical (LV) Series is a modular range of high capacity vertical shaft thrust and guide bearings covering a shaft diameter range of 300-600mm across 4 frame sizes.

AV Series

The Advanced Vertical (AV) Series is a modular range of vertical thrust and guide bearings covering a shaft range of 68-411mm across 9 frame sizes.

V Series

Thrust and guide bearings for shaft diameters up to 411mm and axial load capacity up to 738Kn.

Relevant Downloads

Journal Pad Bearing Datasheet

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Self Equalised Bearing Datasheet

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Omega 6 to 18 Pad Ring Datasheets

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Advances in Oil Lubricated Plain Bearings for High Speed Applications

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Our Heritage

How It Started

As the inventor of the hydrodynamic bearing over 100 years ago, Michell Bearings has spent the last century developing its products to meet the changing needs of industry.

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Services

Bearing Repair and Service

We offer a dedicated bearing repair service specialising in the repair of white metal bearings and associated components.

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Our Heritage

How It Started

As the inventor of the hydrodynamic bearing over 100 years ago, Michell Bearings has spent the last century developing its products to meet the changing needs of industry.

Find out more

Services

Bearing Repair and Service

We offer a dedicated bearing repair service specialising in the repair of white metal bearings and associated components.

Find out more

Latest News

Michell Bearings Employees Receive NEBOSH Certificates

Michell Bearings Employees Receive NEBOSH Certificates

1st Dec 2023
Celebrating our Employees at the British Engines Group Awards

Celebrating our Employees at the British Engines Group Awards

17th Nov 2023
Michell Bearings becomes Cyber Essentials Plus accredited

Michell Bearings becomes Cyber Essentials Plus accredited

3rd Jul 2023

Other Applications

Commercial marine

Gas and steam turbines

Gearboxes

Naval

Pumps

Turbo compressors

Turbo expanders