In this paper, a viscosity modification model is developed which can be applied to describe the thin film lubrication problems. The viscosity distribution along the direction normal to solid surface is approached by a function proposed in this paper. Based on the formula, lubricating problem of thin film lubrication (TFL) in isothermal and incompressible condition is solved and the outcome is compared to the experimental data. In thin film lubrication, according to the computation outcomes, the lubrication film thickness is much greater than that in elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL). When the velocity is adequately low (i.e., film thickness is thin enough), the pressure distribution in the contact area is close to Hertzian distribution in which the second ridge of pressure is not obvious enough. The film shape demonstrates the earlobe-like form in thin film lubrication, which is similar to EHL while the film is comparatively thicker. The transformation relationships between film thickness and loads, velocities or atmosphere viscosity in thin film lubrication differ from those in EHL so that the transition from thin film lubrication to EHL can be clearly seen.
A New Postulation of Viscosity and Its Application in Computation of Film Thickness in TFL1
Contributed by the Tribology Division for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF TRIBOLOGY. Manuscript received by the Tribology Division May 23, 2001; revised manuscript received August 18, 2001. Associate Editor: B. O. Jacobson.
Zhang , C., Luo , J., and Wen, S. (September 24, 2002). "A New Postulation of Viscosity and Its Application in Computation of Film Thickness in TFL." ASME. J. Tribol. October 2002; 124(4): 811–814. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1456090
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