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* Corresponding author 1 LaMCoS - Laboratoire de Mécanique des Contacts et des Structures Villeurbanne 2 Graduate School of Science and Engineering

Abstract : This paper describes the appearance of abnormal film thickness features formed in elastohydrodynamic contacts lubricated by a fatty alcohol. Experiments were conducted by varying the slide to roll ratio between a steel ball and a glass disk in a ball-on-disk type device. Lauric alcohol was used as lubricant and film thickness was measured in the contact area by optical interferometry. Experimental results showed that the film thickness distributions under pure rolling conditions remained classical whereas the film shape changed when the slide to roll ratio was increased. The thickness in the central contact area increased and in the same time inlet and exit film thicknesses were modified. In addition, the film shapes observed when the ball surface was moving faster than the disk one and those obtained in the opposite case were different, i.e. when opposite signs but equal absolute values of the slide to roll ratio were applied.

Keywords : elastohydrodynamic film shape sliding contact lauric alcohol

Autor: Kazuyuki Yagi - Philippe Vergne -



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