A Highly Accurate Approach That Resolves the Pressure Spike of Elastohydrodynamic Lubrication

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E. J. Bissett, D. W. Glander

Mathematics Department, General Motors Research Laboratories, Warren, Mich. 48090

J. Tribol 110(2), 241-246 (Apr 01, 1988) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3261592 History: Received January 29, 1987; Online October 29, 2009


We propose an accurate numerical method to solve the classical line contact problem of elastohydrodynamic lubrication. The method incorporates a second order accurate discretization and a straightforward automatic local mesh refinement procedure. Using these elements, we remove discretization errors which have produced significant inaccuracies in previously published results, and we completely resolve the pressure spike which is shown to be smooth on a sufficiently small length scale.

Copyright © 1988 by ASME
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