The tribological performance of a compression ring-cylinder liner system (CRCL) is numerically studied. A thermal-mixed lubrication model is developed for the lubrication analysis of the CRCL with consideration of the cylinder liner deformation. An oil transport model coupled with a mass conservation cavitation algorithm is employed to predict the oil consumption and the transition between the fully flooded lubrication condition and starved lubrication condition. On this basis, the effects of the oil supply and cylinder liner deformation on the frictional characteristics are investigated under cold and warm engine conditions. The results show that the cylinder liner deformation and oil supply have great influence on the tribological performance of the CRCL. Better tribological performance and lower oil consumption can be obtained by reasonably controlling the oil supply.

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