The Stribeck curve plays an important role in identifying boundary, mixed, elastohydrodynamic, and hydrodynamic lubrication regimes. Recent advances in elastohydrodynamic lubrication together with rough surface interaction have made it possible to develop a methodology for predicting the trend of the Stribeck curve. In this paper, we report the results of a series of experiments performed on a journal bearing together with a theoretical prediction of the Stribeck-type behavior. Various loads and oil temperatures are considered. The comparison between the experimental results with a mixed elastohydrodynamic lubrication model for line contacts is indicative of good agreement.

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