This paper presents discussions on the choice and handling of film rupture boundary conditions for the hydrodynamic lubrication under the effect of lubricant inertia forces. Many researchers have analyzed this inertia effect in converging-diverging hydrodynamic wedge and squeeze films without careful consideration of the problem caused by the film rupture boundary conditions used. To reveal the importance of the problem, the marked difference in pressure distribution produced by the difference in boundary conditions is presented for an infinitely long, steadily loaded, cylindrical journal bearing.

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