Film Collapse in EHL and Micro-EHL

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Jinn-an Shieh, Bernard J. Hamrock

Mechanical Engineering Department, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210

J. Tribol 113(2), 372-377 (Apr 01, 1991) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2920631 History: Received February 13, 1990; Revised July 05, 1990; Online June 05, 2008


The pressure, film thickness, and streamline patterns within the lubrication conjunction in elastohydrodynamic and microelastohydrodynamic lubrication are presented for various operating parameters. The circular non-Newtonian fluid model was used and periodic stationary surface irregularities were considered. Results obtained from different operating parameters are compared to illustrate the reason why film collapses occur in EHL and micro-EHL problems. Effects of speed, slide-roll ratio, and surface irregularity were studied in establishing when film collapse is more likely to occur. The occurrence of vortices and the location of the stagnation point within the conjunction are shown for the operating parameters considered.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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