The clearances in highly deformed contacts are formed in a narrow region on the upstream side, are convected through the contact with little change and emerge downstream where a restriction forms in a narrow exit zone. The paper describes how this behavior simplifies the lubrication analysis. Expressions for the minimum film thickness under point contacts are obtained for the elastic isoviscous regime.
Calculation of Clearances in Soft Point Contacts
C. J. Hooke
Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT, U.K.
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Hooke, C. J. (January 1, 1988). "Calculation of Clearances in Soft Point Contacts." ASME. J. Tribol. January 1988; 110(1): 167–173. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.3261558
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