Modern Hydro Turbine Bearing Applications and Support

Kingsbury's line of tilting pad bearings has been the industry standard for more than a century, starting with the first bearing designed and manufactured by Dr. Albert Kingsbury. Kingsbury can supply not only thrust and guide bearings, but the thrust blocks, cooling systems and housings as well.

Hydro-turbine bearing applications typically have relatively low operating speeds and high thrust loads. Depending on the requirements, the thrust bearings may be equalized or non-equalized, and the guide bearings may be fixed geometry or have tilting pads. To date, bearings have been installed on hydro turbines and generators with shaft diameters varying between 150 and 1500 mm.

In addition to supplying bearings for new applications, Kingsbury regularly furnishes retrofits for aging spring plate bearings offering complete diagnostic services as well as the replacement or upgrade of other makes of hydrodynamic bearings. Our experienced field service engineers can travel directly to your site to help with dismantling and evaluating larger bearings that are impractical to ship to our factory.

For Hydro Turbine Bearings Repair, Retrofit, or Replacement, visit the Bearing Services page.