A model simulating the squeezing process of an annular disk rotating against a grooved counterpart has been developed. Grooving effects are incorporated using the narrow groove assumption. Disks are considered impermeable, rigid, perfectly aligned, and smooth. It is assumed that the fluid film is isothermal and obeys Reynolds equation. The governing equations derived from the model are solved numerically. The effects of groove geometry, orientation and applied load on film thickness, transmitted torque, speed, squeeze time, and viscous power dissipation have been calculated and analyzed. It has been found that angular orientation significantly affects the squeezing process. Squeeze time and power dissipation are less for grooves with angular orientation in the range 40–60 deg.

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