In ElastoHydrodynamic Lubrication (EHL), transient processes are much more common than stationary ones. Predicting the film thickness under steady state conditions has become straight forward. Using numerical methods, the effect of transient conditions on the film thickness profile can be computed. However, those analyses are very time consuming even using advanced numerical techniques. As such, they are inadequate for industrial applications as design and development. This paper shows that under certain assumptions, an approximate formula of the transient film thickness profile can be derived under transient operating conditions. The variations can occur in the geometry, the load or the hydrodynamic velocity. The theory can handle all variations separately, or even a combination of several parameters varying simultaneously. The analytical approximation obtained is rather good apart from the constriction at the contact edge(s). This approach can be applied to any set of time dependent conditions (load, speed, geometry). As an example an EHL contact is studied in which reversal of the entrainment velocity occurs.
Approximating EHL Film Thickness Profiles Under Transient Conditions
Contributed by the Tribology Division for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF TRIBOLOGY. Manuscript received by the Tribology Division November 17, 2000; revised manuscript received July 24, 2001. Associate Editor: T. C. Ovaert.
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Messe´, S., and Lubrecht, A. A. (May 31, 2002). "Approximating EHL Film Thickness Profiles Under Transient Conditions ." ASME. J. Tribol. July 2002; 124(3): 443–447. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1454105
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