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Electrical field strength in rough infinite line contact elastohydrodynamic conjunctions

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posted on 2022-05-10, 10:39 authored by Samuel A Morris, Michael Leighton, Nick MorrisNick Morris
Rolling element bearings are required to operate in a variety of use cases that determine voltage potentials will form between the rolling elements and races. When the electrical field strength causes the dielectric breakdown of the intermediary lubricant film electrical discharge can damage the bearing surfaces. To reduce the prevalence and severity of electrical discharge machining an improved understanding of the coupled electrical and mechanical behavior is necessary. This paper aims to improve understanding of the problem through a combined elastohydrodynamic and electrostatic numerical study of charged elastohydrodynamic conjunctions. The results show the effect of amplitude reduction means that for typical surface topographies found in EHL conjunctions the maximum field strength is adequately predicted by the elastohydrodynamic minimum film thickness and potential difference. The paper also indicates the width of the elevated electrical field strength region is dependent on EHL parameters which could have important implications on the magnitude of current density during dielectric breakdown.

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AVL List GmbH

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  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Lubricants

Volume

10

Issue

5

Publisher

MDPI AG

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Authors

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by MDPI under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

2022-04-28

Publication date

2022-05-05

Copyright date

2022

eISSN

2075-4442

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Nick Morris. Deposit date: 6 May 2022

Article number

87

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