Numerical Wear Modeling in the Mixed and Boundary Lubrication Regime

Winkler A, Bartz M, Wartzack S (2022)

Publication Type: Journal article, Online publication

Publication year: 2022


Book Volume: 10

Article Number: 334

Journal Issue: 12


DOI: 10.3390/lubricants10120334

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The increasing use of low-viscosity lubricants in order to reduce the friction in machine elements such as rolling bearings is leading to increased operation in the mixed or boundary lubrication regime. The associated wear can lead to an earlier failure of tribological systems. In this context, a detailed wear simulation offers great potential with regard to the design of machine elements as well as the calculation of lifetimes. This contribution presents an approach for the numerical wear simulation of lubricated rolling/sliding-contacts. Therefore, a finite element method-based simulation model was developed which is able to deal with non-Gaussian surfaces and contacts subject to boundary and mixed lubrication. Using the example of an axial cylindrical roller bearing considering realistic geometry, locally varying velocities, and two load cases, the wear modeling results of the mixed and the boundary lubrication regime were illustrated. The wear coefficient required for Archard’s wear model was determined experimentally by means of a two-disc tribometer.

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Winkler, A., Bartz, M., & Wartzack, S. (2022). Numerical Wear Modeling in the Mixed and Boundary Lubrication Regime. Lubricants, 10(12).


Winkler, Andreas, Marcel Bartz, and Sandro Wartzack. "Numerical Wear Modeling in the Mixed and Boundary Lubrication Regime." Lubricants 10.12 (2022).

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