The classical hydrodynamic theory of fluid film lubrication as described by Reynolds’ equation assumes isothermal conditions in the film. Such conditions may never exist in many engineering applications. A common practice is to calculate bearing performance with isothermal conditions at an average film temperature. This paper presents results on the load-carrying capacity of the film when thermal homogeneity does not exist. An empirical procedure is proposed for the prediction of the thermohydrodynamic behavior of the film. A hysteresis-type phenomenon in the pressure-temperature relationship is also observed.

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