Occurrence of wall slip in elastohydrodynamic lubrication contacts

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-111
Journal / PublicationTribology Letters
Volume34
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2009

Abstract

Preliminary experimental work has been carried out to identify some of the boundary slip phenomena of highly pressurised polybutenes in an elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL) conjunction. The movement of the oil is signified using an entrapment that can be readily formed by the impact of a steel ball against a layer of oil on a glass block in an optical EHL test apparatus. The post-impact lateral movement of the entrapment was investigated under the conditions: (i) pure rolling, (ii) pure glass block sliding (steel ball stationary) and (iii) pure ball sliding (glass block stationary). It was observed that under pure rolling the entrapped oil travels within the contact region at the entrainment speed, which is correlated with EHL theory. Under pure glass block sliding conditions, the speed of the entrapped oil core is less than the entrainment speed, and in the extreme cases, this core can be nearly stationary. Under pure ball sliding conditions, the oil core moves at a speed greater than the entrainment speed. The observation indicates that the oil/steel ball interface can sustain higher shear stress than the oil/glass (chromium coated) interface and there is a boundary slip in terms of relative sliding at the latter interface under the experimental conditions. Furthermore, the amount of slip increases with an increase in the pressure. These experiments provide evidence of the existence of wall slippage, which leads to the abnormal EHL film profile characterised with an inlet dimple as reported earlier. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Research Area(s)

  • Boundary slip, Critical shear stress, Elastohydrodynamic lubrication, High pressure rheology

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Occurrence of wall slip in elastohydrodynamic lubrication contacts. / Guo, F.; Wong, P. L.; Geng, M. et al.
In: Tribology Letters, Vol. 34, No. 2, 05.2009, p. 103-111.

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