Numerical investigations in mixed friction systems

A Albers, B Lorentz, L Nowicki


A numerical approach is here selected to investigate mixed friction phenomena where testing rigs cannot be used or need complex adaptations to deliver reliable measurements. The following work focuses on the numerical investigations of mixed friction systems combining fluid-solid and solid-solid interactions at the micro scale. Goal is to improve the accuracy of future macro models by applying them more precise boundary conditions derived from micro models. A three dimensional model is built in a Finite Elements (FE) software composed of one fluid lubricating two sliding rough surfaces. Both surfaces are generated according to a statistical method making use of measured technical surfaces. To model the interactions between the fluid and the solid structure, the Arbitrary-Lagrangian-Eulerian remeshing process is used. A model is built, based on an axial floating bearing on which the adhesion effects are the most present. Global friction coefficient between both lubricated solids is established using the FE solver and solid-solid friction can be separated from the fluid-solid friction with further post-processing operations.

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