Title: Regimes of lubrication in lubricated contacts

Authors: Jean Frene, Mihai Arghir, Hamid Zaidi

Addresses: Laboratoire de Mecanique des Solides, Universite de Poitiers, SP2MI BP: 30179, 86962 Futuroscope Chasseneuil, France. ' Laboratoire de Mecanique des Solides, Universite de Poitiers, SP2MI BP: 30179, 86962 Futuroscope Chasseneuil, France. ' Laboratoire de Mecanique des Solides, Universite de Poitiers, SP2MI BP: 30179, 86962 Futuroscope Chasseneuil, France

Abstract: In lubricated contacts, the fluid film protects and separates the two contacting surfaces. Depending on the pressure and on the surface velocities, different lubricated regimes can occur. These different lubricated regimes are successively described and some pictures show their occurrence in different contacts.

Keywords: boundary lubrication; mixed lubrication; hydrostatic lubrication; hydrodynamic lubrication; elastohydrodynamic lubrication.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSURFSE.2010.030488

International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering, 2010 Vol.4 No.2, pp.175 - 190

Published online: 18 Dec 2009 *

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