Aspects of Flow and Cavitation Around an EHL Contact

E. van Emden, Cornelis H. Venner, G.E. Morales-Espejel

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This paper focuses on the flow around an elasto-hydrodynamically lubricated ball-on-disc contact. Experiments in the low velocity regime with a small amount of lubricant show two flow states. When the lubricant supply at the inlet side is sufficient, a cavitation bubble is observed at the outlet side of the contact. The bubble length depends on the rolling velocity and the lubricant viscosity. After a sudden stop this bubble breaks up into smaller bubbles that subsequently escape the flooded region. A dimensionless relation is presented that describes the length of the cavitation bubble relative to the contact radius. A theoretical study shows that the length of the bubble cannot be predicted with common EHL models based on a pressure criterion. Aspects of Flow and Cavitation Around an EHL Contact. Available from: [accessed Jan 28, 2016].
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-448
JournalTribology international
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2016


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