Inverse Solution of Reynolds’ Equation of Lubrication Under Point-Contact Elastohydrodynamic Conditions

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H. P. Evans, R. W. Snidle

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Energy Studies, University College, Cardiff, Wales, U.K.

J. of Lubrication Tech 103(4), 539-546 (Oct 01, 1981) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3251733 History: Received April 08, 1980; Online November 17, 2009


The paper describes a technique for solving the inverse lubrication problem under point contact elastohydrodynamic conditions, i.e. the calculation of a film thickness and shape corresponding to a given hydrodynamic pressure distribution by an inverse solution of Reynolds’ equation. The effect of compressibility and influence of pressure upon viscosity are included in the analysis. The technique will be of use in solving the point contact elastohydrodynamic lubrication problem at heavy loads.

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