Elastic deformation in thin film hydrodynamic lubrication

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    An elastohydrodynamic numerical simulation is conducted for one-dimensional fixed slider plane bearings. The numerical model takes into account the piezoviscous effect of the lubricant and elastic deformation of the bounding surfaces to solve the one-dimensional Reynolds equation. It is found that a small elastic deformation of less than 100 nm plays an important role in load capacity in thin film hydrodynamic lubrication. As the film thickness decreases, a flat film shape appears from the leading side of the contact area. The expansion of the flat film thickness over the contact area leads to considerably lower load capacity.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)170-180
    Number of pages11
    JournalTribology International
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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