The Slippery Sheet

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R. C. Benson

Mechanics of Flexible Structures Project, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627

J. Tribol 117(1), 47-52 (Jan 01, 1995) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2830605 History: Received August 27, 1993; Revised May 16, 1994; Online January 24, 2008


An analysis is presented to describe how a sliding sheet might entrain air that lubricates the interface. Closed-form results are obtained for a wide, slightly curled, elastic sheet sliding on an incompressible layer of air. Example results are calculated for a paper sheet typically used in copiers, and an approximate model for mixed lubrication is developed.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Topics: Lubrication
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