Towards a Reynolds Equation for Gas Lubricated Bearings When Contact Occurs

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M. Anaya-Dufresne

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G. B. Sinclair

Mechanical Engineering Department, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803

J. Tribol 124(2), 266-273 (Mar 07, 2001) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1398548 History: Received January 25, 2000; Revised March 07, 2001
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Pressure at y=0 for: (a) Problem 1; (b) Problem 2.
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Stream function at y=x for: (a) Problem 1; (b) Problem 2.
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Control volume used for momentum balance near the point of contact
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Scraper and moving horizontal plate in contact
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Shear stress comparison between continuum and kinetic models for Couette flow
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