The behaviour of lubricated EHD contacts subjected to vibrations

Zhang, X and Glovnea, R P (2017) The behaviour of lubricated EHD contacts subjected to vibrations. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 174 (1). a012036. ISSN 1757-8981

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Abstract

Machine components containing contacts working in elastohydrodynamic (EHD) conditions are often subjected to vibrations. These may be originated from the mechanism or machine the contact is part of, the surrounding environment and within the contact itself. The influence of vibrations upon the behaviour of elastohydrodynamic films has been studied experimentally in a number of papers, but a comprehensive study of the effect of the parameters of the oscillatory motion upon the film thickness has not been carried out yet. In this study the authors evaluate the effect of the frequency of the oscillatory motion upon the EHD film thickness. Optical interferometry is used to measure lubricant film thickness in a ball-on-flat disc arrangement. A high – speed camera records the interferometric images for later analysis and conversion into film thickness maps. The disc runs at a constant angular velocity while the ball is driven by the traction forces developed in the EHD film. In steady state conditions, this would ensure pure rolling conditions, however in the present investigation the ball is subjected to harmonic vibrations in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the film. The contact under study is lubricated by basic oils and the temperature is kept at a constant value of 60°C. The aim of this paper is to understand how vibrations influence the lubricant film formation.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Research Centres and Groups: Dynamics, Control and Vehicle Research Group
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery > TJ0170 Mechanics applied to machinery. Dynamics
Depositing User: Romeo Glovnea
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2017 14:33
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 14:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/69390

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