Relationship between temperature distribution in EHL film and dimple formation

Kazuyuki Yagi, Keiji Kyogoku, Tsunamitsu Nakahara

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This paper describes an experimental study on dimple formation under elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL) conditions. The oil film thickness between a ball surface and a glass disk was measured using optical interferometry, and the temperatures of both the surfaces and of the oil film averaged across it were measured using an infrared emission technique. It was found that the temperature profile across the oil film varies abruptly along the sliding direction, and the Couette flow decreases due to the viscosity wedge action as the oil flow is close to the dimple zone. The maximum temperature rise in the dimple zone sometimes reached over 400 K, thus, the phase transition of the oil from liquid to glass may not occur.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)658-665
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Tribology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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