Oil Film Thickness and Rolling Friction in Elastohydrodynamic Point Contact

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R. Gohar

Imperial College, South Kensington, London, England

J. of Lubrication Tech 93(3), 371-379 (Jul 01, 1971) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3451598 History: Received June 29, 1970; Online October 18, 2010


The effect of material properties upon the film thickness in elastohydrodynamic point contact is demonstrated with a rolling ball and plate machine. A 220 fold range of Young’s modulus is employed and a maximum Hertzian pressure of 5 × 105 lb f/in2 is reached. The oil film, which is measured by interferometry, shows no significant alteration at such high pressures, and is also fairly insensitive to the choice of bounding materials. Using a technique similar to that employed by Crook, the rolling friction between a tungsten carbide and a glass plate is found and compared with theory. The effect of spin is investigated and found to be slight.

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