Influence of surface roughness on the capacitive measurement of film thickness in elastohydrodynamic contacts

W.E. ten Napel*, R. Bosma

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    Film thickness is elastohydrodynamic lubrication is often measured by determining the capacitance between the mating surfaces and then calculating the film thickness from the measurements. Although this method gives a very high degree of accuracy if smooth surfaces are involved, it can lead to large errors for surfaces having a roughness which is approaching the mean film thickness. In this paper a simple model was constructed to qualitatively estimate the discrepancy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)635-639
    Number of pages5
    JournalProceedings - Institution of Mechanical Engineers
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1970

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