I have orifice air bearings. How will I benefit by switching to porous media air bearings?
Porous media air bearings dan class="highlight">isan>tribute the air much more evenly. Because of than class="highlight">isan>, they offer the benefit of more load capacity, higher stiffness, better gap stability, etc. In addition, the porous material (graphite) has a natural lubricity. Therefore, your assembly will still work even if the bearing briefly makes contact with the guide. An orifice air bearing however, will have metal on metal contact which could damage both the bearing and the guide. The porous media air bearings won't get damaged from contact.
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