The finite element method of lubrication analysis is presented for the novice from a viewpoint closely analogous to that of the familiar direct stiffness method of structural analysis. The lubricant film is seen as a system of component elements interconnected at nodal points where flows are summed and pressures (but not necessarily thicknesses, viscosities, or densities) are equated. System properties are deduced from component properties and connections. Detailed equations needed for solution of practical problems are given in Appendices and their use is illustrated in Examples.

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