This paper aims to investigate the effects of air inlet flow rate on the bearing cavity and operating conditions during the oil-air lubrication.
A model of oil-air lubrication of rolling bearings is established using computational fluid dynamics numerical simulation. Moreover, temperature and vibration experiments are carried out for comparisons and validation.
Results suggest that the velocity and pressure distributions of the oil-air flow inside the chamber are not uniform. Moreover, the uniform decreases with increasing air inlet flow rate. The non-uniform oil distribution inside the bearing significantly influences the bearing temperature rise and lubrication effect. Furthermore, the decrease in pressure uniformity enhances the vibration intensity and increases the amplitude of the vibration acceleration by more than 40 per cent. Increasing the air inlet flow rate improves lubrication and cooling efficiency but produces intense vibrations.
A method of establishing rolling bearings model under oil-air lubrication is presented in the paper. The effect of air inlet flow rate on flow uniform under oil-air lubrication has been researched insightfully. The results provide a useful reference to improve the oil-air lubrication system and enhance the operational stability of the motorized spindle.
The authors would like to express their acknowledgment to National Science and Technology Major Projects of China that have funded this work within the research programs “CNC machine tools’ reliability rapid test technology research and application” (Grant number: 2016ZX04004004).
Li, Y., Yang, Z., Chen, F. and Zhao, J. (2018), "Effect of air inlet flow rate on flow uniformity under oil-air lubrication", Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Vol. 70 No. 2, pp. 282-289. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILT-12-2016-0296Download as .RIS
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