We analyze the lubrication flow of a viscoelastic fluid to account for the time dependent nature of the lubricant. The material obeys the constitutive equation for Phan-Thein-Tanner fluid (PTT). An explicit expression of the velocity field is obtained. This expression shows the effect of the Deborah number λ is the relaxation time). Using this velocity field, we derive the generalized Reynolds equation for PTT fluids. This equation reduces to the Newtonian case as Finally, the effect of the Deborah number on the pressure field is explored numerically in detail and the results are documented graphically.
Viscoelastic Lubrication With Phan-Thein-Tanner Fluid (PTT)
Contributed by the Tribology Division for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF TRIBOLOGY. Manuscript received by the Tribology Division May 6, 2003; revised manuscript received September 11, 2003. Associate Editor: J. A. Tichy.
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Akyildiz, F. T., and Bellout, H. (April 19, 2004). "Viscoelastic Lubrication With Phan-Thein-Tanner Fluid (PTT) ." ASME. J. Tribol. April 2004; 126(2): 288–291. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1651536
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