Application of Finite Element Methods to Lubrication: An Engineering Approach

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J. F. Booker

Mechanical Engineering School, Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y.

K. H. Huebner

Mechanical Research Department, General Motors Research Laboratories, Warren, Mich.

J. of Lubrication Tech 94(4), 313-323 (Oct 01, 1972) (11 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3451719 History: Received September 09, 1971; Revised February 08, 1972; Online October 18, 2010


The finite element method of lubrication analysis is presented for the novice from a viewpoint closely analogous to that of the familiar direct stiffness method of structural analysis. The lubricant film is seen as a system of component elements interconnected at nodal points where flows are summed and pressures (but not necessarily thicknesses, viscosities, or densities) are equated. System properties are deduced from component properties and connections. Detailed equations needed for solution of practical problems are given in Appendices and their use is illustrated in Examples.

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