Flow in Finite-Width, Thrust Bearings Including Inertial Effects: I—Laminar Flow

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B. E. Launder

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis, Calif. 95616

M. Leschziner

Sonderforschungsbereich, 80, University of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, West Germany

J. of Lubrication Tech 100(3), 330-338 (Jul 01, 1978) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3453181 History: Received May 01, 1978; Online October 20, 2010


Presented is a new numerical procedure for the calculation of flow in finite-width bearing films. The method, based on the integro-differential approach, is a development of schemes devised by Patankar and Spalding [8] and Gosman and Pun [9] for general flows occurring in fields other than tribology. Principal features of the method are: the full inclusion of inertial effects; the retention of “primitive” variables; the use of a marching solution procedure using line-by-line solution of the discretized conservation equations. Applications to several aspects of laminar inertial flow problems are discussed.

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