Surface texturing has been shown to have friction reducing / load capacity increasing effects in parallel sliders, as well as in cylinder-liner contacts and in hydrodynamic seals. However, if texture is to be regarded as the sole mean of hydrodynamic lift in parallel sliders, or as a way of improving hydrodynamic performance in slider, thrust and journal bearings, several issues have to be addressed, such as optimal texturing parameters and corresponding performance gains. This paper deals with these issues in the case of a plane inclined textured slider. Parametric studies are conducted to determine optimal texturing extents, dimple depth and texturing density, as well as the influence of the operating conditions on these optimal texturing parameters.

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