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An investigation into mixed lubrication conditions using electrical contact resistance techniques

Clarke, A. ORCID:, Weeks, I. J. J, Evans, H. P. ORCID: and Snidle, R. W. ORCID: 2016. An investigation into mixed lubrication conditions using electrical contact resistance techniques. Tribology International 93 (Part B) , pp. 709-716. 10.1016/j.triboint.2014.10.010

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Electrical contact resistance (ECR) techniques are widely used to study mixed-elastohydrodynamic lubrication conditions, where direct asperity contact takes place in conditions of very thin lubricant films. This paper presents the use of the ECR technique to study realistic mixed-EHL contacts, identifying the high frequency variation of instantaneous contact resistance on a repeatable basis between two superfinished surfaces. The variation of mean ECR measurements with operating conditions for ground surfaces in contact is investigated, and it is shown that they are strongly related to the lubricant film thickness and lambda ratio. Thermal effects are considered and shown to be highly influential on both the mean and instantaneous contact resistance. The influence of load on contact resistance is also investigated.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0301-679X
Funders: EPSRC, British Gear Association, Austrian Research Promotion Agency
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 14 October 2014
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2023 17:18

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