This paper presents an analysis of the thermohydrodynamic performance of squeeze films. The mathematical model consists of a 3-dimensional Reynolds equation, a 3-dimensional time dependent energy equation, and a 3-dimensional time dependent heat conduction equation. The system of equations is solved numerically. Fluid film pressure and temperature distributions and the temperature distribution in the solids are presented. Fluid film velocity profiles as a function of time are also shown. The load-time characteristics for different operative conditions are studied. It is shown that a thermohydrodynamic squeeze-film parameter can give rise to a phenomenon which radically changes the fluid film performance.

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