A Finite Element Cavitation Algorithm

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A. Kumar, J. F. Booker

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

J. Tribol 113(2), 276-284 (Apr 01, 1991) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2920617 History: Received March 24, 1989; Online June 05, 2008


A mass-conserving model is presented for the transient evolution of cavitation in lubrication analysis. Algorithms are given for its finite element implementation in both direct problems (specified motion) and indirect problems (specified load). Numerical examples demonstrate capabilities and applications of the model and algorithm (s).

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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