Flow in Finite-Width Thrust Bearings Including Inertial Effects: II—Turbulent Flow

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B. E. Launder

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

M. A. Leschziner

Sonderforschungsbereich 80, University of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, West Germany

J. of Lubrication Tech 100(3), 339-345 (Jul 01, 1978) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3453182 History: Received May 01, 1978; Online October 20, 2010


A new set of turbulent resistance laws for hydrodynamic lubricant films has been derived with the aid of a turbulence model which includes transport effects on two turbulence parameters. The model consists of two differential equations for the turbulence energy and its rate of dissipation and a constitutive equation for the turbulent viscosity. The model places no restrictions on the Reynolds number. An efficient finite-difference scheme, based on the integro-differential approach and incorporating the resistance laws and a set of accurate inertial coefficients, is applied to the solution of the turbulent inertial flow in finite-width slider bearings. A selection of predictions is presented for non-inertial and inertial flows. The former are compared with solutions obtained with alternative turbulent lubrication theories. The importance of including fluid inertia effects is demonstrated.

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