A two disk machine with a spherical disk mating a plain cylindrical one has been constructed to operate at different elliptical contact situations under various loads and rolling to sliding speeds. The disks axes can skew relative to each other so that various elliptical contacts could be tested. By the aid of specially modified evaporated transducers (Manganin band for pressure measurements and platinum band for temperature measurements), the elastohydrodynamic (EHD) pressure and temperature distributions could be accurately traced. Results, herein presented, confirmed that within the contact zone, the pressure distribution exhibits an almost Hertzian shape but with a second pressure peak (spike) near the trailing (exit) end of the oil film. The temperature has proven to display a distribution analogous to that described by the generated EHD pressure.

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