The experimental observation of the inlet dimple of the elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL) film was carried out in point and elliptical contacts, respectively, and then, the numerical analysis under point contacts was conducted. The inlet dimple appears and then moves upstream toward the inlet and finally disappears with the increase of the entrainment speed. In the meantime, the dimple depth increases at the beginning and then decreases. The high load leads to a wide entrainment speed range where dimple exists. The varying range of the entrainment speed corresponding to the dimple appearance is smaller at a smaller included angle between the minor axis of elliptical contact and the entrainment direction.

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