Stribeck curve for starved line contacts

I.C. Faraon, Dirk J. Schipper

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This paper discusses a mixed lubrication model in order to predict the Stribeck curve for starved lubricated line contacts. This model is based on a combination of the contact model of Greenwood and Williamson and the elastohydrodynamic (EHL) film thickness for starved line contacts. The starved solution to be implemented in the EHL component is obtained by using numerical data of Wolveridge, who computed the starved film thickness for smooth line contacts. Calculations are presented for different oil supply layer thickness over roughness values (hoil/s). For values of the oil layer thickness over roughness ratio larger than approximately 6, the Stribeck curve and separation between the rough surfaces do not change compared to the fully flooded situation. If the oil layer thickness over roughness ratio is in the range of 6 down to 0.7, friction starts to increase and the film thickness decreases. When the oil layer thickness over roughness ratio is less than approximately 0.7, the Stribeck curve tends to transform into a straight line and separation stays at the same value as in the boundary lubrication regime. Comparison between measurements and calculations is made and a good agreement is found.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)181-187
JournalJournal of tribology - Transactions of the ASME
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • film thickness
  • starved lubrication
  • METIS-245106
  • IR-73885
  • Mixed lubrication
  • oillayer thickness over roughness ratio
  • Stribeck curve

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