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Vertical Bearings

Our vertical bearings are used in a variety of vertical shaft industrial applications including pumps, motors, hydro-turbines, and generators.

We offer a range of compact vertical bearing products including modular assemblies (AV, V, LV) and project specific custom engineered solutions (MV). Depending on the operating requirements, our bearings can be air cooled, water cooled or cooled using oil supplied from an external lubrication system.

LV Series

The 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.

MV Series

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

For special applications, where the bearing internals are required to be positioned within the casing of the machine, we can offer bespoke bearing solutions which are tailored specifically to the requirements of the project.

Features & Benefits

  • Compact bearing designs
  • Self-contained air cooled solutions
  • Fully self-contained water-cooled bearing solutions using high performance cooling coils (cupro-nickel, stainless steel or titanium)
  • Custom engineered solutions
  • Advanced polymeric bearing materials offering significant benefits (including smaller bearings with reduced power losses)
  • Standard modular solutions offering various thrust/radial load combinations



Commercial marine


Gas and steam turbines




Motors and generators






Turbo compressors


Turbo expanders

Why Michell Bearings

Our hydrodynamic bearings are engineered to meet the most demanding requirements of modern industrial applications, providing superior performance in challenging environments from gas and steam turbines to marine and naval vessels.

Using our experience in bearing design, we provide innovative and bespoke bearing solutions that are tailored to your application’s specific needs, ensuring optimal performance and efficiency.

Our team of experienced engineers and technicians work closely with customers to provide advice and support at every stage of the project, from initial consultation to ongoing maintenance and support.

We believe that a key factor in our success is our understanding of the markets we operate in and we continue to drive the industry forward with our cutting edge solutions.

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