Flow Instability Induced by Viscosity Variation in High Pressure Two-Dimensional Laminar Flow Between Parallel Plates

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P. Gould

Institute for Defense Analyses, Arlington, Va.

J. of Lubrication Tech 93(4), 465-469 (Oct 01, 1971) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3451618 History: Received February 01, 1971; Online October 18, 2010


This paper presents the results of an analysis of fluid flow in high pressure hydrostatic bearings and seals which can be modeled as infinitely long, closely spaced, rigid parallel plates. The flow is laminar and at low Reynolds number. The fluid is Newtonian with a viscosity which is an exponential function of temperature and pressure. The effect of the temperature variation across the fluid film is found to be extremely significant, and limits the application of the integrated adiabatic energy equation to a narrow range of the parameters.

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