Journal of the Nigerian Association of Mathematical Physics

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Hydrodynamic Lubrication Analysis Of Slider Bearings Lubricated With Micropolar Fluids

MH Oladeinde, JA Akpobi


In this paper, a theoretical study of the effect of micropolar lubricants on the performance characteristics of wide inclined slider bearings is presented. The finite element method and Gauss Seidel iterative procedure have been used  to simulate the modified Reynolds equation governing the micropolar lubricant flow in the bearing. The variations of pressure and load capacity are presented for instances of micropolar and bearing structural parameters. It has been observed that the micropolar parameters significantly influence the performance characteristics of the bearing.

Keywords: micropolar lubricant, finite element, slider bearing, Reynolds.

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