Characterisation of starved hydrodynamic lubricating films

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)694-701
Journal / PublicationTribology International
Online published1 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


Optimisation of lubricant supply to bearings has considerable benefits in terms of energy saving and smooth running. This paper presents a study on the hydrodynamic lubrication of sliding contact with various supplied lubricant quantities. Experiments were conducted with an optical slider-bearing test rig. Under limited lubricant supply (LLS), there exists a critical speed beyond which film thickness no longer increases with increasing speed due to starvation at the inlet. The critical speed significantly depends on lubricant quantity, as well as lubricant viscosity and load. Comparison between experimental and theoretical results indicates that the starved films have certain load-carrying capacity and viscous resistance. Under LLS, film thickness is a sensitive function of supply lubricant volume, but friction is not.

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  • Film thickness, Hydrodynamic lubrication, Lubricant quantity, Starvation