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State of the art of friction modelling at interfaces subjected to elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL)


elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL), lubricant rheology, finite element analysis (FEA), friction prediction, Simulia/Abaqus, surface roughness, coefficient of friction (CoF)


Elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL) is a type of fluid-film lubrication where hydrodynamic behaviors at contact surfaces are affected by both elastic deformation of surfaces and lubricant viscosity. Modelling of contact interfaces under EHL is challenging due to high nonlinearity, complexity, and the multi-disciplinary nature. This paper aims to understand the state of the art of computational modelling of EHL by (1) examining the literature on modeling of contact surfaces under boundary and mixed lubricated conditions, (2) emphasizing the methods on the friction prediction occurring to contact surfaces, and (3) exploring the feasibility of using commercially available software tools (especially, Simulia/Abaqus) to predict the friction and wear at contact surfaces of objects with relative reciprocating motions.


Tsinghua University Press