This paper offers central film thickness formula pertaining to shear-thinning lubricants under rolling/sliding point contact conditions. The shear-thinning behavior of the lubricants is modeled using Carreau viscosity equation and the piezo-viscous response employed herein is the free-volume based Doolittle equation in conjunction with Tait's equation of state for lubricant compressibility. The present formulation is based on reciprocal asymptotic isoviscous piezo-viscous coefficient as it is a more accurate measure of the high pressure piezo-viscous response of elastohydrodynamic lubricated (EHL) lubricants compared to the conventional pressure–viscosity coefficient. Comparisons between simulated, curve-fitted values, and experimental results validate both the employed numerical approach and rheological model.

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