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Operating Parameters of a Slide Bearing with Parabolic-Shaped Slide Surfaces with Consideration of the Stochastic Changes in the Lubrication Gap Height

  • Miszczak, Andrzej1
  • Wierzcholski, Krzysztof2
  • 1 Faculty of Marine Engineering, 81-225 , (Poland)
  • 2 Faculty of Technology and Education, 75-453 , (Poland)
Published Article
Journal of KONES
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2019
DOI: 10.2478/kones-2019-0105
De Gruyter


In this article, the authors present the equations of the hydrodynamic theory for a slide bearing with parabolic-shaped slide surfaces. The lubricating oil is characterized by non-Newtonian properties, i.e. an oil for which, apart from the classic oil viscosity dependence on pressure and temperature, also an effect of the shear rate is taken into account. The first order constitutive equation was adopted for considerations, where the apparent viscosity was described by the Cross equation. The analytical solution uses stochastic equations of the momentum conservation law, the stream continuity and the energy conservation law. The solution takes into account the expected values of the hydrodynamic pressure EX[p(ϕ,ζ)], of the temperature EX[T(ϕ,y,ζ)], of the velocity value of lubricating oil EX[vi(ϕ,y,ζ)], of the viscosity of lubricating oil EX[ηT(ϕ,y,ζ)] and of the lubrication gap height EX[εT(ϕ,ζ)]. It was assumed, that the oil is incompressible and the changes in its density and thermal conductivity were omitted. A flow of lubricating oil was laminar and non-isothermal. The research concerned the parabolic slide bearing of finite length, with a smooth sleeve surface, with a full wrap angle. The aim of this work is to derive the stochastic equations, that allow to determine the temperature distribution, hydrodynamic pressure distribution, velocity vector components, load carrying capacity, friction force and friction coefficient, in the parabolic sliding bearing, lubricated with non-Newton (Cross) oil, including the stochastic changes in the lubrication gap height. The paper presents the results of analytical and numerical calculation of flow and operating parameters in parabolic sliding bearings, taking into account the stochastic height of the lubrication gap. Numerical calculations were performed using the method of successive approximations and finite differences, with own calculation procedures and the Mathcad 15 software.

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