Hydrodynamics of Wire-Drum Contact

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A. Magnin, J. M. Piau

Institut de Mécanique de Grenoble, B.P. 68, Domaine Universitaire, 38402 Saint Martin D’Hères Cedex, France

J. Frene, D. Bois

Laboratoire de Mécanique des Solides, Université de Poitiers, 86022 Poitiers Cedex, France

M. Godet

Laboratoire de Mécanique des Contacts, INSA de Lyon, 69621 Villeurbanne

J. Tribol 109(4), 679-683 (Oct 01, 1987) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3261537 History: Received November 15, 1986; Online October 29, 2009


The hydrodynamics of a wire-drum contact is analyzed using theoretical techniques developed in foil bearing studies. Analytical solutions and numerical solutions are obtained. Results show that: when for a given minimum film thickness the wire tension increases, the pressure arc extent decreases and reaches a minimum for certain wire tension level; the pressure distribution is independent of wire tension for large values of tension; and the active pressure zone depends strongly on film thickness.

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