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|Title:||Thin film elastohydrodynamic lubrication of circular contacts at pure squeeze motion|
|Author(s):||Li-Ming Chu, (Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, I-Shou University, Dashu, Taiwan, Republic of China)|
|Citation:||Li-Ming Chu, (2010) "Thin film elastohydrodynamic lubrication of circular contacts at pure squeeze motion", Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Vol. 62 Iss: 4, pp.238 - 244|
|Keywords:||Lubrication, Thin films, Viscosity measurement|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/00368791011051107 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The author would like to express their appreciation to the National Science Council (NSC-97-2221-E-214-028) in Taiwan for financial support.|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the pure squeeze thin film elastohydrodynamic lubrication (TFEHL) motion of circular contacts with adsorption layers attached to each surface under constant load condition. The proposed model can reasonably calculate the pressure distributions, film thicknesses, normal squeeze velocities, and effective viscosities during the pure squeeze process under thin film lubrication.
Design/methodology/approach – The transient modified Reynolds equation is derived in polar coordinates using viscous adsorption theory. The finite difference method and the Gauss-Seidel iteration method are used to solve the transient modified Reynolds equation, the elasticity deformation equation, load balance equation, and lubricant rheology equations simultaneously.
Findings – The simulation results reveal that the thickness of the adsorption layer and the viscosity ratio significantly influence the lubrication characteristics of the contact conjunction in the thin film regime. In additional, the turning points in the film thickness which distinguish thin film lubrication from elastohydrodynamic lubrication curve is found. In thin film region, the effective viscosity predicted by present model is better than that predicted by traditional elastohydrodynamic theory.
Originality/value – The paper develops a numerical method for general applications with adsorption layers attached to each surface to investigate the pure squeeze action in a TFEHL spherical conjunction under constant load condition.
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