This study aims to investigate the combined effects of roughness and ferrofluid lubricant on finite journal bearing load capacity and squeeze time.
The stochastic theory of Christensen is applied to study the surface roughness effect. The Shliomis model is used to take into account the effects of the rotational viscosity of ferromagnetic particles and their magnetic moment. A finite wire located in the center of the shaft produces the applied magnetic field. A developed computing code allows predicting the effect of the surface roughness on the performance of the considered journal bearing. The good agreement with the results of the literature validates the used approach.
This study shows that unlike longitudinal roughness, the presence of transverse roughness makes the use of ferrofluid more beneficial in terms of increasing the performance of finite journal bearings. This increase is more significant for large relative eccentricities, which present an ideal confinement.
This study shows the effect of two surface roughness patterns on the squeezing performance of a finite journal bearing lubricated by a ferrofluid.
Atlassi, K., Nabhani, M. and El Khlifi, M. (2023), "Ferrofluid squeeze film lubrication: surface roughness effect", Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Vol. 75 No. 1, pp. 133-142. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILT-08-2022-0247
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