There are numerous instances of technical importance in which multicomponent lubricants are utilized either by design or by necessity. In many of these cases one of the components is a liquid while the other component is a gas, as in squeeze film dampers during high frequency operation, or both components are liquids, as in the oil-water emulsion used in metal forming processes. In this paper our objective is to develop a self-consistent theory of hydrodynamic lubrication with bicomponent, liquid-liquid lubricants. The basic scientific method utilized is the continuum theory of mixtures. In this, first instance we test the model on journal bearings lubricated with water-in-oil and oil-in-water emulsions.

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