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International Journal of Applied Research in Mechanical Engineering

Abstract

This theoretical work describe the combined influence of surface roughness, thermal and fluid-inertia effects on performance characteristics of hydrodynamic journal bearing. The average Reynolds equation that modified to include the surface roughness, viscosity variation due to temperature rise in lubricant fluid-film and fluid-inertia is used to obtain pressure field in the fluid-film. The matched solutions of modified average Reynolds, energy and conduction equations are obtained using finite element method and appropriate iterative schemes. The effects of surface roughness parameter, roughness orientation, and roughness characteristics of opposing surfaces on circumferential fluid-film pressure distribution, load carrying capacity and stability threshold speed of the bearing are studied by considering thermal and fluid-inertia effects.

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