On the Maximum Allowable Loads in the Thermo-Elastohydrodynamic Lubrication

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C. M. Rodkiewicz, P. Huang

Department Of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2G8

J. Tribol 120(3), 470-475 (Jul 01, 1998) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2834572 History: Received November 14, 1996; Revised June 05, 1997; Online January 30, 2008


Thermo-elastohydrodynamic lubrication is considered. A numerical procedure for obtaining the maximum allowable load is presented. The maximum allowable load is defined as the load which, for a given set of parameters, when exceeded will cause either change of the lubrication character, or collapse of the fluid film if the film thickness was large relative to the surface roughness. The procedure is illustrated by applying it to the infinitely wide thrust bearings lubricated by the Newtonian or power-law fluid.

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