Non-classical elastohydrodynamic lubricating film shape under large slide-roll ratios

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-219
Journal / PublicationTribology Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007


The authors showed in previous experiments with high viscosity polymeric lubricants that a non-classical elastohydrodynamic (EHL) film, which featured an inlet dimple, could be generated under pure sliding conditions. The phenomenon was tentatively attributed to boundary slippage. In this paper, much greater sliding is introduced in the experiments to gain further insight into film formation under boundary slippage. By putting all of the results on a load versus entrainment speed chart, it is found that the required conditions for the formation of the inlet dimple fall into an open triangular region in the chart. The existence of the inlet dimple can be maintained for a larger speed range with a higher load. The minimum speed required (the lower speed bound for the dimple existence) decreases only marginally with an increase in load but the speed of the disappearance of the dimple (the upper speed bound) increases with an increasing load. Interferograms show that with an increase in the slide-roll ratio, i.e., expanded boundary slippage, a bump occurs before the exit constriction, which indicates an obvious drop in film thickness, and the location of the minimum film thickness in the whole EHL contact moves from the outlet constriction to the center of the bump. The observed inlet dimple and bump have already been described in the previous numerical results that consider boundary slippage, and provide more justification for the boundary slippage postulation in the experimental films. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007.

Research Area(s)

  • Boundary slippage, EHL, Interferometry, Non-Newtonian behavior