Experimental rig for measuring lubricant film thickness in rolling bearings

Zhang, Xingnan, Jablonka, Karolina Anna and Glovnea, Romeo (2014) Experimental rig for measuring lubricant film thickness in rolling bearings. Applied Mechanics and Materials, 658. pp. 381-386. ISSN 1662-7482

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Electrical capacitance has been applied in the past for measuring the lubricant film thickness in rolling element bearings. The main difficulty arises from the fact that the measured capacitance is a combination of the capacitances of many rolling elements, which come in contact with both the inner and outer rings. Besides, the capacitance of the Hertzian contact itself and the surrounding area must also be separated. It results in a complex system which, in order to be solved for the film thickness at a particular location on the bearing many approximations have to be made. In the present study the authors use an experimental rig in which the capacitance of a single ball can be isolated. Moreover the capacitance of the ball – inner ring and ball – outer ring contacts can be measured separately.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery > TJ0181 Mechanical movements
Depositing User: Romeo Glovnea
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 09:58
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 23:39
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53613

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