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Title: Numerical meshing issues for three-dimensional flow simulation in journal bearings
Authors: Schmidt, M
Stücke, P
Nobis, M
3rd Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2011)
Keywords: Micro flow;Journal bearing;CFD
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Brunel University
Citation: 3rd Micro and Nano Flows Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, 22-24 August 2011
Abstract: Hydrodynamic journal bearings are widely used in technical and industrial applications due to their favourable wearing quality and operating characteristics. In the recent years, various experimental and numerical analyses were carried out on the design layout, the load capacity and the durability of the bearing. For typical applications the two-dimensional Reynolds differential equation is solved numerically to calculate the pressure distribution in the oil film, which is essential to simulate the dynamic behavior of the bearing. This approach however, does not allow any detailed predictions of the local three-dimensional flow structures. To understand the mechanisms, which are driven by local flow phenomena, it is necessary to solve the full Navier-Stokes-Equations in 3D together with the conservation of mass. An accurate computation of a three-dimensional flow field requires a careful discretisation of the model. Moreover, only a deliberately chosen meshing based on the optimum number of cells across the gap achieves a sufficient numerical accuracy with acceptable computational effort. This work presents variations of the mesh generation of small gaps in journal bearing models and the computed flow fields, respectively. The threedimensional calculations are validated with measured experimental data done by Laser-Doppler-Velocimetry (LDV). In conclusion of this process the comparison of the velocity profiles of the flow field across the gap yield the necessary numerical discretisation limit applicable to the computation of the flow in journal bearings.
Description: This paper was presented at the 3rd Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2011), which was held at the Makedonia Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki in Greece. The conference was organised by Brunel University and supported by the Italian Union of Thermofluiddynamics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Thessaly, IPEM, the Process Intensification Network, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Heat Transfer Society, HEXAG - the Heat Exchange Action Group, and the Energy Institute.
ISBN: 978-1-902316-98-7
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