A Finite Element Cavitation Algorithm: Application/Validation

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A. Kumar, J. F. Booker

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853

J. Tribol 113(2), 255-260 (Apr 01, 1991) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2920614 History: Received February 26, 1990; Revised July 05, 1990; Online June 05, 2008


A mass-conserving simulation algorithm for cavitating hydrodynamic lubrication has been described elsewhere. The algorithm, which is particularly well adapted to finite element implementation, is outlined qualitatively and demonstrated quantitatively through bearing applications studied experimentally by others. Present simulation results and previous experimental data agree relatively closely for these applications, providing limited validations of the algorithm and suggesting new lines of investigation.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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