The effect of working parameters upon elastohydrodynamic film thickness under periodic load variation

Zhang, Xingnan, Glovnea, Romeo, Morales-Espejel, Guillermo E and Félix‑Quiñonez, Armando (2020) The effect of working parameters upon elastohydrodynamic film thickness under periodic load variation. Tribology Letters, 68. a62. ISSN 1023-8883

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There are a number of widely used machine components, such as rolling element bearings, gears and cams, which operate in the lubrication regime known as Elastohydrodynamics (EHD), where lubricant film thickness is governed by hydrodynamic action of convergent geometry, elastic deformation between non-conformal contacting surfaces, and the increase of lubricant viscosity with pressure. Variable loading conditions occur not only in all the machine components mentioned above, but also in natural joints such as hip or knee joints of humans or many vertebrates. Experimental studies of the behaviour of EHD films under variable loading are scarce and to authors’ knowledge systematic studies of the evolution of lubricant film thickness in EHD contacts subjected to forced harmonic variation of load are even less common. The aim of the present study is to explore the effect of load amplitude on the EHD film behaviour. This is done in alternating cycles with the load varying about a fixed, preset value at various amplitudes. Experimental results are compared with a simple theoretical analysis based on the speed of change of contact’s dimensions, a semi-analytical solution which includes both speed variation and squeeze effect, and finally with a full numerical solution.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Elastohydrodynamic, Film thickness, Vibrations, Amplitude, Harmonic force
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
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Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2020 07:44
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2021 15:52

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