Abstract

A first cavitation modeling with thermal effects for oil/refrigerant solutions lubricated ElastoHydroDynamic (EHD) point contacts is reported in this work. The solubility of the oil/refrigerant system is introduced into the Generalized Reynolds equation coupled with the elasticity equation and the energy conservation equation. The numerical results show a very good agreement with the published experimental results concerning film thickness prediction. Moreover, the present model describes the cavitation region on a physical basis. A discussion with other cavitation models from the literature is proposed. It puts into light the necessity of taking into account the solubility of the refrigerant into oil for such problems. Compared to pure oil, oil/refrigerant solutions can potentially reduce the amount of liquid oil for the next contact due to its higher cavitation intensity.

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