Imperial College London

DrAmirKadiric

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Reader in Mechanical Engineering
 
 
 
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Mrs Chrissy Stevens +44 (0)20 7594 7064

 
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672City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Publications

Citation

BibTex format

@article{Myant:2014:10.1016/j.triboint.2014.05.028,
author = {Myant, CW and fowell, M and spikes, H and kadiric, A},
doi = {10.1016/j.triboint.2014.05.028},
journal = {Tribology International},
pages = {76--89},
title = {A Study of Lubricant Film Thickness in Compliant Contacts of Elastomeric Seal Materials Using a Laser Induced Fluorescence Technique},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.triboint.2014.05.028},
volume = {80},
year = {2014}
}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

TY  - JOUR
AB - A laser induced fluorescence technique was used to investigate the build-up of lubricant films in compliant contacts operating in the isoviscous elasto-hydrodynamic regime (I-EHL). The described technique utilises an optimised optical set-up with a relatively high signal-to-noise ratio and was shown to be able to produce film thickness maps of the complete contact area and measure a very wide span of thicknesses, from 50 nm to 100 μm. Maps of film thickness were obtained over a range of entrainment speeds and loads for three different contact configurations and two elastomer materials, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and a fluorocarbon rubber (FKM) which is typically used in rotary seal applications. In a model contact of a nominally smooth PDMS ball sliding on a glass flat, a crescent shaped area of reduced film thickness was observed towards the contact exit. In contrast to typical elasto-hydrodynamic contacts, no side-lobes of reduced film thickness were recorded, while the central film region exhibited a converging wedge shape. The elliptical contact of an FKM O-ring rolling on a flat glass showed a central region of flat film while areas of minimum film thickness were located near the contact edges either side of the centre. The highly conformal contact of relatively rough FKM O-ring sliding against a concave glass lens, a geometry more representative of that found in elastomeric seals, showed discrete regions of reduced film, corresponding to surface roughness asperities. With rising entrainment speed, some lift-off was observed, with surface roughness asperities appearing to be increasingly compressed. Measured films thicknesses were compared to existing theoretical predictions for I-EHL contacts and the level of agreement was found to be highly dependent on contact geometry and applied conditions.
AU - Myant,CW
AU - fowell,M
AU - spikes,H
AU - kadiric,A
DO - 10.1016/j.triboint.2014.05.028
EP - 89
PY - 2014///
SN - 1879-2464
SP - 76
TI - A Study of Lubricant Film Thickness in Compliant Contacts of Elastomeric Seal Materials Using a Laser Induced Fluorescence Technique
T2 - Tribology International
UR - http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.triboint.2014.05.028
UR - http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/14651
VL - 80
ER -