This study deals with a comparison between new experiments on the frictional behavior of porous journal bearings and its prediction by previous numerical simulations. The tests were carried out on bearings lubricated with polyalphaolefin (PAO)-based oils of distinct viscosities. The theoretical model underlying the simulations includes the effects of cavitation by vaporization and accounts for the sinter flow by virtue of Darcy's law. The effective eccentricity ratio corresponding to the experimentally imposed load is estimated by an accurate numerical interpolation scheme. The comparison focuses on the hydrodynamic branches of the Stribeck curve by dimensional analysis (DA), where the variations of the lubricant viscosity with temperature are of main interest. The numerically calculated values of the coefficient of friction are found to reproduce the experimentally obtained ones satisfactorily well in terms of overall trends; yet, the former lie predominantly below the measured ones, which results in a low-positive correlation between the two.

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