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Lubricants 2018, 6(1), 27;

A Novel Approach for Modeling Surface Effects in Hydrodynamic Lubrication

Chair of Mechanical Engineering, Montanuniverität Leoben, 8700 Leoben, Austria
Chair of Applied Mathematics, Montanuniversität Leoben, 8700 Leoben, Austria
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Received: 18 December 2017 / Revised: 5 March 2018 / Accepted: 8 March 2018 / Published: 12 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Friction and Lubrication of Sliding Bearings)
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The common approach for the flow factor calculation is based on using the Reynolds equation to simulate the micro-level flow. However, for structured surfaces the fluid flow cannot be represented correctly, due to the assumptions made when deriving the Reynolds equation. In this work, a novel method using the Navier-Stokes equations for the calculation of the micro-level flow is presented and validated against results from Patir and Cheng. The three-dimensional lubrication gap was generated by a rough Gaussian random surface and a perfectly smooth moving counter surface, in order to be available for different numerical methods. The presented results illustrate similar trends for both the approaches. Additionally, the use of the Navier-Stokes equations allows for the observance of surface induced effects which cannot be resolved by the approach of Patir and Cheng. Furthermore, a numerical approach for a shear flow factor calculation with a rough moving surface is presented and validated against other simulation methods. While the validation is maintained with pressure- and temperature-independent density and viscosity, these effects will be taken into account for later research activities of textured surfaces. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydrodynamic lubrication; Reynolds equation; Navier-Stokes equations; flow factors hydrodynamic lubrication; Reynolds equation; Navier-Stokes equations; flow factors

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Pusterhofer, M.; Bergmann, P.; Summer, F.; Grün, F.; Brand, C. A Novel Approach for Modeling Surface Effects in Hydrodynamic Lubrication. Lubricants 2018, 6, 27.

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