Patent Number: 6,309,174

Title: Thrust bearing for multistage centrifugal pumps

Abstract: A pump has a thrust bearing has a casing with an inlet port and a discharge port. A shaft is positioned within the pump. A thrust bearing is coupled to the shaft. A pressure alterable bearing cavity is located within the casing. The pressure alterable cavity allows the axial thrust on the shaft from the impellers to be counteracted. The thrust bearing has an annular seal coupled with respect to the casing disc is coupled to the shaft and positioned adjacent the seal. The seal and the disc have a gap therebetween. A feedback pipe couples the bearing cavity to the inlet port. As the axial thrust acting on the shaft changes, the gap between the seal and the disc also changes. The changing of the gap changes the pressure within the bearing cavity. The disc and thus the shaft are repositioned in response to the change in the bearing cavity pressure change.

Inventors: Oklejas, Jr.; Eli (Monroe, MI), Rensink; Andrew T. (Maplegrove, MN)

Assignee: Fluid Equipment Development Company, LLC

International Classification: F04D 1/06 (20060101); F04D 1/00 (20060101); F04D 29/04 (20060101); F01D 003/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018