The present work deals with the analysis of the incompressible laminar shear driven flow in a channel of which one of the walls carries a macro roughness pattern while the opposite one has a parallel velocity. The problem is discussed from the standpoint of lubrication theory and it is shown that the usual simplified models as the Reynolds or the Stokes equations are not applicable. Numerical results are presented for three types of two dimensional macro-roughness and two versions of a three dimensional one. It is shown that a pressure generation effect occurs with increasing the relative importance of convective inertia. Previous analyses found in the literature discussed only the increase of the shear stress due to the presence of the macro roughness but the lift effect due to the pressure generation has never been enlightened up to now. It is further discussed that, extrapolated to a very large number of macro roughness characterizing a textured surface, this new effect could be added to the other lift generating mechanisms of the lubrication theory. It could thus bring a different light on inertia effects stemming from the use of textured surfaces.
Theoretical Analysis of the Incompressible Laminar Flow in a Macro-Roughness Cell
Contributed by the Tribology Division of THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS for presentation at the ASME/STLE Tribology Conference, Cancun, Mexico October 27–30, 2002. Manuscript received by the Tribology Division January 20, 2002 revised manuscript received July 11, 2002. Associate Editor: M. M. Khonsari.
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Arghir, M., Roucou , N., Helene , M., and Frene, J. (March 19, 2003). "Theoretical Analysis of the Incompressible Laminar Flow in a Macro-Roughness Cell ." ASME. J. Tribol. April 2003; 125(2): 309–318. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1506328
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