The study reported in this paper deals with the development of a thermohydrodynamic computational procedure for evaluating the pressure, temperature and velocity distributions in fluid films with fixed geometry between the stationary and moving bearing surfaces. The velocity variations and the heat generation are assumed to occur in a central zone with the same length and width as the bearing but with a significantly smaller thickness than the fluid film thickness. The thickness of the heat generation (shear) zone is developed empirically for the best fit with experimentally determined peak pressures for a journal bearing with a fixed film geometry operating in the laminar regime. A transient thermohydrodynamic computational model with a transformed rectangular computational domain is utilized. The analysis can be readily applied to any given film geometry. The computed distribution of the pressure in the film is in excellent agreement with the experimental findings for different oils and speeds. The developed procedure gives an analytical basis for explaining the “Fogy effect” where significant pressures can be generated in slider bearings with parallel surfaces as a result of the thermal expansion of the film in the direction of the thickness. The procedure confirms the experimentally determined square root relationship between the pressure and the sliding velocity reported in references [1–4]. The normalized pressure profiles computed for the different conditions of the journal bearings are identical to those obtained by isoviscous theory.

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