A comprehensive method of thermo-elastohydrodynamic lubrication analysis for connecting rod bearings is proposed, which includes thermal distortion as well as elastic deformation of the bearing surface. Lubrication film temperature is treated as a time-dependent, two-dimensional variable which is averaged over the film thickness, while the bearing temperature is assumed to be time-independent and three-dimensional. It is assumed that a portion of the heat generated by viscous dissipation in the lubrication film is absorbed by the film itself, and the remainder flows into the bearing structure. Mass-conserving cavitation algorithm is applied, and the effect of variable viscosity is included in the Reynolds equation. Simulation results of the connecting rod bearing of an internal combustion engine are presented. It is shown that the predicted level of the thermal distortion is as large as that of the elastic deformation and the bearing clearance, and that the thermal distortion has remarkable effects on the bearing performance. Therefore, the thermo-elastohydrodynamic lubrication analysis is strongly recommended to predict the performance of connecting rod bearings in internal combustion engines.
Thermo-Elastohydrodynamic Analysis of Connecting Rod Bearing in Internal Combustion Engine
Contributed by the Tribology Division for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF TRIBOLOGY. Manuscript received by the Tribology Division February 21, 2000; revised manuscript received January 4, 2001. Associate Editor: M. M. Khonsari.
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Kim, B., and Kim, K. (January 4, 2001). "Thermo-Elastohydrodynamic Analysis of Connecting Rod Bearing in Internal Combustion Engine ." ASME. J. Tribol. July 2001; 123(3): 444–454. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1353181
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