In this paper, viscoelastic squeeze film characteristics subjected to fluid inertia effects are investigated theoretically in the case of parallel circular type squeeze films. In the development of modified lubrication equations, the nonlinear Maxwell model combining the Rabinowitsch model and Maxwell model is used as a constitutive equation for the viscoelastic fluids, and the inertia term in the momentum equation is approximated by the mean value averaged over the film thickness. Applying the modified lubrication equation to parallel circular type squeeze films under sinusoidal motion, the variation of the pressure distribution with time is calculated numerically for various types of fluids such as Newtonian, pseudo-plastic, linear Maxwell and nonlinear Maxwell fluids. Some numerical results are presented in graphic form, and the effects of inertia forces on the viscoelastic squeeze film characteristics are discussed.

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