Influences of solid and lubricant thermal conductivity on traction in an EHL circular contact

H.C. Liu*, B.B. Zhang, N. Bader, G. Poll, C.H. Venner

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    Abstract

    The influences of thermal conductivity of both the contacting solids and the lubricant on the traction in a rolling/sliding EHL contact have been studied numerically. For through-hardened AISI 52000 bearing steel (k was measured as 21 W/mK by Reddyhoff et al. see Tribol Lett 67(1) : 22, 2019 with the improper but widely used thermal conductivity of 46 W/mK in literature, the friction coefficient can be overestimated and the maximum temperature in the lubricating film would be underestimated. The effect of solid thermal conductivity on traction depends on the entrainment speed and the resulting film thickness. For the thermal conductivity of the lubricant, its pressure dependence affects the traction mainly at high speeds and/or at high sliding-to-rolling ratio (SRR) conditions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number106059
    JournalTribology international
    Volume146
    DOIs
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2019

    Keywords

    • UT-Hybrid-D
    • Thermal EHL
    • Thermal conductivity
    • Traction
    • Bearing steel

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