This study investigates the influences of coating material properties and coating thickness on lubricant film thickness based on a point-contact isothermal EHL model developed recently by the authors. The results present the trend of minimum film thickness variation as a function of coating thickness and elastic modulus under a wide range of working conditions. Numerical results indicates that the increase in minimum film thickness, Imax, and the corresponding optimal dimensionless coating thickness, H2, can be expressed in the following formulas:
Imax=0.766M0.0248R20.0296L0.1379
exp(0.0245ln2L)
H2=0.049M0.4557R20.1722L0.7611
exp(0.0504ln2M0.0921ln2L)
These formulas can be used to estimate the effect of a coating on EHL film thickness.
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