A previous study of the behavior of friction in EHL contacts for the case of Eyring lubricant behavior resulted in a friction mastercurve. In this paper the same approach is applied to the case of limiting shear stress behavior. By means of numerical simulations the friction coefficient has been computed for a wide range of operating conditions and contact geometries. It is shown that the same two parameters that were found in the Eyring study, a characteristic shear stress, and a reduced coefficient of friction, also govern the behavior of the friction for the case of limiting shear stress models. When the calculated traction data is plotted as a function of these two parameters all results for different cases lie close to a single curve. Experimentally measured traction data is used to validate the observed behavior. Finally, the equations of the mastercurves for both types of rheological model are compared resulting in a relation between the Eyring stress 0 and the limiting shear stress L.
Jacod, B. C., Venner, C. H., Lugt, P. M., & Lugt, P. M. (2003). Extension of the Friction Mastercurve to Limiting Shear Stress Models. Journal of tribology - Transactions of the ASME, 125(4), 739-746. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1572513