Impact on Reynolds Theory on Bearing and Seal Design

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Wilbur Shapiro

Mechanical Technology Incorporated, Latham, NY 12110

J. Tribol 109(1), 42-49 (Jan 01, 1987) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3261325 History: Received March 01, 1986; Online October 29, 2009


The governing equation of lubrication theory was developed by Osborne Reynolds in 1886. Two-dimensional solutions to this equation were not obtained until many years afterwards, first by electric analog techniques and then by digital computer. Solving the equation has produced tremendous advances in bearing design and development and insight into the mechanisms of lubricating film behavior. This paper concentrates on some of the developments for solving the Reynolds’ equation and some applications that have followed a better understanding of fluid-film phenomena.

Copyright © 1987 by ASME
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