A study of elastohydrodynamic lubrication of rough surfaces

Liming Chang, M. N. Webster

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This paper reports some results of rough-surface, elastohydrodynamically lubricated (EHD) contacts obtained using a previously developed transient EHD model. The surface roughness is modeled with sinusoidal functions of small wavelength compared to the contact zone. Results are presented showing how the operating conditions affect the film thickness, micro-deformation of the roughness, and the pressure perturbations due to motion and interaction of roughness within the contact. This preliminary work suggests that the entraining velocity and the slide-to-roll ratio are the most sensitive parameters influencing the lubrication process of rough-surface EHD contacts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110-115
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Tribology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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