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applied sciences Article Study on Lubrication Performance of Journal Bearing with Multiple Texture Distributions 1 , 2 1 , 2 1 , 1 , 3 , Jun Wang , Junhong Zhang , Jiewei Lin * and Liang Ma * State Key Laboratory of Engine, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China; wjun@tju.edu.cn (J.W.); zhangjh@tju.edu.cn (J.Z.) Renai College, Tianjin University, Tianjin 301636, China College of Aeronautical Engineering, Civil Aviation University of China, Tianjin 300300, China * Correspondence: linjiewei@tju.edu.cn (J.L.); mliang@tju.edu.cn (L.M.); Tel.: +86-137-5235-6026 (J.L.); +86-186-2261-5726 (L.M.) Received: 2 January 2018; Accepted: 1 February 2018; Published: 6 February 2018 Abstract: The lubrication performance of journal bearings with different sorts of uniformly distributed micro-spherical textures are studied in this paper. Geometries and dynamic models of journal bearings with pure concave/convex textures are developed. The validity of the proposed models is veriﬁed against the oil ﬁlm pressure distribution from the literature. The effects of geometry parameters (the texture depth and the area density) on the load capacity and the friction coefﬁcient of the bearing are analyzed and discussed. Results indicate that: the bearing load capacity is reduced by the concave spherical texture, but enhanced by the convex texture; both the concave and convex textures have a very slight inﬂuence on the friction coefﬁcient. Aiming to further improve the bearing lubrication performance, a novel concave-convex composite texture is proposed and modelled. Results show that the composite texture can signiﬁcantly improve both the load capacity and the friction coefﬁcient, because the concave spherical segments among the convex ones protect the oil ﬁlm from rupture near the main load region. The oil ﬁlm region is expanded by the composite texture as well. Keywords: micro-spherical texture; concave texture; convex texture; journal bearing; load capacity; friction coefﬁcient; oil ﬁlm 1. Introduction Surface texture refers to the micro-concave/convex morphology. An appropriate surface texture can effectively reduce the wear of the friction pair and improve the load capacity of the oil ﬁlm [1–4]. Hamilton et al. [5] proposed a liquid lubrication theory applicable to parallel surfaces and explained the lubrication mechanism based on surface micro-irregularities. This theory is in reasonable qualitative agreement with experimental results. Since then, the usage of the texture of technology to improve lubrication performance has aroused great interest among researchers. Etsion [6] found that micro-dimples on the friction surface were able to signiﬁcantly improve the load capacity, the wear resistance and the friction coefﬁcient compared with the non-textured components. This beneﬁcial effect was veriﬁed experimentally using the Laser Surface Texturing (LST) technique. The effects of different texture shapes and distributions on the lubrication characteristics of bearing have also been investigated. Cupillard [7] studied the effect of the dimple distribution and position on the dynamic lubrication characteristics of bearings using the computational ﬂuid dynamics (CFD) method. It was found that the optimal distribution of dimples on the bearing surface depends on the operating conditions. When the eccentricity changes, the optimal location of the deep dimple changes accordingly. Brizmer [8] studied the effect of distribution and size of spherical texture on the load capacity of a sliding bearing. The optimum parameters of the dimples and the favorable LST mode for achieving maximum load capacity were found. Tala-Ighil et al. [9] studied the hydrodynamic Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 244; doi:10.3390/app8020244 www.mdpi.com/journal/applsci Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 244 2 of 13 effect of a few deterministic texture shapes of a journal bearing, and found that the parallelepiped texture shows advantages in enhancing the bearing performance compared with other geometries. Based on the Reynolds equation, Rahmani et al. [10] used the genetic algorithm to study the effect of the cross-section shape of concave/convex textures on the lubrication performance of an inﬁnitely wide journal bearing. The results showed that the convex texture was better than the concave texture at minimizing the friction factor and simultaneously maximizing the bearing capacity. Increasing attention has been given to partial textures, which is an effective approach to improving bearing performance. Brizmer et al. [11] presented a partial texture that was able to signiﬁcantly increase the load capacity. Rao et al. [12] developed a theoretical model of a partially textured slip slider and coupled stress ﬂuid lubricated journal bearing. It was found that the partially textured slip was able to effectively improve the load capacity and reduce the friction coefﬁcient. From this literature review, it can be concluded that the concave/convex surface texture has attracted a lot of attention in the last two decades, and can serve as a micro hydrodynamic bearing to provide additional load capacity. The effects of texture shape, texture size, and texture distribution on load capacity have been systematically studied. Thus, the concave/convex surface texture seems to be a good candidate to improve the load capacity of bearing. However, apart from that, the friction coefﬁcient is another important factor affecting the lubrication performance of bearing. However, the effect of concave or convex textures on the friction coefﬁcient is not very signiﬁcant, and is sometimes not even beneﬁcial [13,14]. In 2011, Adatepe [13] conducted numerous experiments to investigate the performances of plain and micro-grooved journal bearings, in which the micro-grooves were made by cutting micro-channels around and across the journal bearing surfaces. The results showed that the friction coefﬁcients of the journal bearings with micro-grooved textures were higher than those without texture. Furthermore, Adatepe [14] used various numerical methods to study the performances of plain, circumferential micro-grooved, herringbone micro-grooved, and transversally micro-grooved bearings. The bearings were then ranked in descending order by friction coefﬁcients as follows: the transversally micro-grooved bearing, the herringbone bearing, the circumferential bearing and the plain bearing. In this paper, mathematical models are developed to estimate the lubrication performance of journal bearings with surface textures. After validating the dynamic model, the effects of concave and convex spherical textures on the bearing lubrication performance are studied. On this basis, a novel concave-convex composite texture is further presented to improve the load capacity and the friction coefﬁcient at the same time. Then, the effects of the composite texture characteristics on the lubrication performances are analyzed. 2. Simulation Model 2.1. Geometry of the Journal Bearing Figure 1 shows the schematic of a journal bearing. The shaft rotates inside the bearing with a constant angular velocity w. Points O and O correspond to the centers of the bearing and the 1 2 shaft. The radii of the bearing and the shaft are R and r, respectively. y is the angle between the load direction and the centerline O O , and e is the eccentricity. The radial clearance is c = R r and the 1 2 eccentric ratio is # = e/c. Assuming the radial clearance c of the journal bearing is much smaller than its radius (c/R 10 3), the local clearance distribution for an untextured bearing can be approximated as [15]: h = c(1 + # cos y), (1) 0 Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 244 3 of 13 Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, x 3 of 13 Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, x 3 of 13 Figure 1. Schematic of the journal bearing. Figure 1. Schematic of the journal bearing. 2.2. Journal Bearing Model with Spherical Texture 2.2. Journal Bearing Model with Spherical Texture Figure 2a shows the meshing scheme of the journal bearing, which is spread out in the circumferential direction. The bearing is uniformly meshed an M times N grid along the Figure 2a shows the meshing scheme of the journal bearing, which is spread out in the Figure 1. Schematic of the journal bearing. circumferential and the axial directions, respectively. Furthermore, every texture is simulated by circumferential direction. The bearing is uniformly meshed an M times N grid along the circumferential spherical segments consisting of 10 squares along the x and z directions, as seen in Figure 2b. and the axial directions, respectively. Furthermore, every texture is simulated by spherical segments 2.2. Journal Bearing Model with Spherical Texture Every texture is simulated by a spherical segment consisting of the base radius r and the texture consisting of 10 squares along the x and z directions, as seen in Figure 2b. Every texture is simulated by Figure 2a shows the meshing scheme of the journal bearing, which is spread out in the depth h located in the center of an imaginary rectangular grid. is the oil film thickness without p 0 a spherical segment consisting of the base radius r and the texture depth h located in the center of an circumferential direction. The bearing is uniformly meshed an M times N grid along the x , z texture and () are the coordinates of the texture center. imaginary rectangular grid. h is the oil ﬁlm thickness without texture and (x , z ) are the coordinates circumferential and the ax 0 ial directions, respectively. Furthermore, every texture 0 0is simulated by of the textur For e a center journal . bearing with spherical texture, Equation (1) can be updated as follows: spherical segments consisting of 10 squares along the x and z directions, as seen in Figure 2b. Every texture is simulated by a spherical segment consisting of the base radius r and the texture For a journal bearing with spherical texture, Equation (1) can be updated as follows: hh=±y , (2) depth h located in the center of an imaginary rectangular grid. is the oil film thickness without p 0 The right side of the equation takes a positive sign when the spherical texture is convex and h = h y, (2) x , z texture and () are the coordinates of the texture center. takes a negative sign when the spherical texture is concave. is the coordinate of the bearing in the For a journal bearing with spherical texture, Equation (1) can be updated as follows: radial direction (see Figure 2b): The right side of the equation takes a positive sign when the spherical texture is convex and takes hh=±y , (2) a negative sign when the spherical texture is concave. y is the coordinate of the bearing in the radial 22 22 hr++h r pp p p 22 2 The right side of the equation takes a positive sign when the spherical texture is convex and direction (see Figure 2b): yx =− () (−x)−(z−z)− , (3) 22hh pp takes a negative sign when the spherical texture is concave. y is the coordinate of the bearing in the radial direction (see Figure 2b): 2 2 u 2 2 h + r h + r p p p p t 2 2 y = ( ) (x x ) (z z ) , (3) 22 0 0 22 hr++h r 2h 2h pp p p p 22 2 p yx =− () (−x)−(z−z)− , (3) 22hh pp (a) (a) Figure 2. Cont. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 244 4 of 13 Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, x 4 of 13 (b) Figure 2. Journal bearing model with spherical texture: (a) schematic of the bearing model and (b) Figure 2. Journal bearing model with spherical texture: (a) schematic of the bearing model and (b) grid grid details of different textures. details of different textures. 2.3. Numerical Solution 2.3. Numerical Solution For a journal bearing under stable working conditions, the two-dimensional Reynolds equation For a journal bearing under stable working conditions, the two-dimensional Reynolds equation can be expressed in the following form [16]: can be expressed in the following form [16]: ∂∂hp ∂ h ∂p ∂h 3 3 ()+= ( ) 6U , (4) ¶ h ¶p ¶ h ¶p ¶h ∂∂ XXηη∂Z ∂Z ∂X ( ) + ( ) = 6U , (4) ¶X h ¶X ¶Z h ¶Z ¶X where p is the oil film pressure at a specific point on the bearing surface, U is the linear sliding where p is the oil ﬁlm pressure at a speciﬁc point on the bearing surface, U is the linear sliding velocity velocity of the shaft relative to the bearing and η is the dynamic viscosity of the lubricant. of the shaft relative to the bearing and h is the dynamic viscosity of the lubricant. • Solution of the Reynolds equation Solution of the Reynolds equation (a) The Reynolds boundary is applied in the bearing modelling process. The effect of cavitation is not included in the analysis, either in terms of the single-phase analysis used or in the application (a) The Reynolds boundary is applied in the bearing modelling process. The effect of cavitation of the boundary conditions, which is considered in a thermo-hydrodynamic analysis of the is not included in the analysis, either in terms of the single-phase analysis used or in the bearing with the CFD approach [17,18]. application of the boundary conditions, which is considered in a thermo-hydrodynamic (b) In the XOZ plane, the journal bearing is meshed into m and n grids along the X and Z analysis of the bearing with the CFD approach [17,18]. directions, where m is 10 × M and n is 10 × N . (b) In the XOZ plane, the journal bearing is meshed into m and n grids along the X and Z (c) The five-points difference method is used to discretize Equation (4). The symmetric successive directions, where m is 10 M and n is 10 N. over relaxation (SSOR) method is used to solve the discrete algebraic system of equations and (c) The ﬁve-points difference method is used to discretize Equation (4). The symmetric the pressure is obtained. successive over relaxation (SSOR) method is used to solve the discrete algebraic system of equations and the pressure p is obtained. • Solution of lubrication parameters of the journal bearing Solution of lubrication parameters of the journal bearing (a) Load capacity of the journal bearing The calculated oil film pressure p is numerically integrated in the whole fluid domain along (a) Load capacity of the journal bearing the X and Y directions, and the load capacities W and W can be obtained as follows: X Y 2π R W = (c posψ dX)dZ X L (5) 2π R W = (s pinψ dX)dZ 2 Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 244 5 of 13 The calculated oil ﬁlm pressure p is numerically integrated in the whole ﬂuid domain along the X and Y directions, and the load capacities W and W can be obtained as follows: X Y R R 2pR W = ( p cos ydX)dZ , (5) R R 2pR W = ( p sin ydX)dZ Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, x 5 of 13 In both cases, the total load capacity W and the attitude angle can be calculated as: In both cases, the total load capacity W and the attitude angle can be calculated as: 2 2 WW=+W (6) W = W + W , (6) XY X y = , (7) ψ = R (7) (b) Friction coefﬁcient (b) Friction coefficient The shear stress t of the slip plane between the friction pairs can be given as [19]: The shear stress τ of the slip plane between the friction pairs can be given as [19]: hp ∂ h η¶p h τ=+ U , t = + U, (8(8) ) 2 ∂Xh 2 ¶X h The friction force F can be expressed as the integral of the shear stress on the slip plane: The friction force F can be expressed as the integral of the shear stress on the slip plane: xhp ∂ η h ¶p h F=+ UdXdZ , (9) F = + U dXdZ, (9) 2 ∂Xh 2 ¶X h According to Equations (6) and (9), the expression of the friction coefficient can be given as: According to Equations (6) and (9), the expression of the friction coefﬁcient m can be given as: μ = , (10) W m = . (10) 3. Model Veriﬁcation 3. Model Verification To verify the proposed model of the journal bearing with textures, the results from [20] are To verify the proposed model of the journal bearing with textures, the results from [20] are used. used. A group of dimensionless parameters characterizing the journal bearing are given as follows: A group of dimensionless parameters characterizing the journal bearing are given as follows: the the eccentricity ratio is 0.65, the width-radius ratio is 1, the dimensionless texture depth is 0.5, eccentricity ratio is 0.65, the width-radius ratio is 1, the dimensionless texture depth is 0.5, and the and the dimensionless spherical texture radius is 128. The grid amounts are m = 600 and n = 200. dimensionless spherical texture radius is 128. The grid amounts are m = 600 and n = 200 . The The distributions of the oil ﬁlm pressure from the simulation of this study and from the literature are distributions of the oil film pressure from the simulation of this study and from the literature are shown in Figure 3. It can be seen that the calculated oil ﬁlm pressure agrees with the tested data well, shown in Figure 3. It can be seen that the calculated oil film pressure agrees with the tested data well, which veriﬁes the validity of the proposed method. which verifies the validity of the proposed method. Figure 3. Comparison of circumferential film pressure distributions between proposed model and [20]. Figure 3. Comparison of circumferential ﬁlm pressure distributions between proposed model and [20]. 4. Lubrication of the Concave/Convex Textured Bearing The numerical simulation in this study is initiated with the following parameters: (i) the radius of the journal bearing R is 0.035 m, (ii) the width of the journal bearing L is 0.0656 m, (iii) the radial −5 clearance c is 5 × 10 m, (iv) the eccentric ratio ε is 0.65, (v) the linear sliding velocity of the shaft relative to the bearing U is 0.5 m/s, (vi) the dynamic viscosity of the lubricant η is 0.028 Pa·s, and (vii) a convergence study concerning the mesh size is investigated, the suitable numbers of grids m and n are 310 and 100, respectively. The texture is uniformly arranged on the inner wall of the Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 244 6 of 13 4. Lubrication of the Concave/Convex Textured Bearing The numerical simulation in this study is initiated with the following parameters: (i) the radius of the journal bearing R is 0.035 m; (ii) the width of the journal bearing L is 0.0656 m; (iii) the radial clearance c is 5 10 m; (iv) the eccentric ratio # is 0.65; (v) the linear sliding velocity of the shaft relative to the bearing U is 0.5 m/s; (vi) the dynamic viscosity of the lubricant h is 0.028 Pas; and (vii) a convergence study concerning the mesh size is investigated, the suitable numbers of grids m and n are 310 and 100, respectively. The texture is uniformly arranged on the inner wall of the bearing, and Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, x 6 of 13 there are 31 spherical segments along the X direction and 10 spherical segments along the Z direction. bearing, and there are 31 spherical segments along the X direction and 10 spherical segments along 4.1. Effect of Texture Depth the Z direction. With a ﬁxed area density l of 0.5, simulations with different texture depths h from 5 10 4.1. Effect of Texture Depth to 3 10 m are performed. The load capacity W and the friction coefﬁcient m of the plain −7 With a fixed area density λ of 0.5, simulations with different texture depths h from 5 × 10 bearing, the concave textured bearing, and the convex textured bearing are plotted in Figure 4. −6 to 3 × 10 m are performed. The load capacity W and the friction coefficient μ of the plain bearing, For h = 5 10 m, the load capacity of the bearing with convex texture is the highest, that of the the concave textured bearing, and the convex textured bearing are plotted in Figure 4. For plain bearing is in the middle, and that of the concave textured bearing is the lowest. The load −7 h =× 510 m , the load capacity of the bearing with convex texture is the highest, that of the plain capacity of the bearing with convex spherical texture increases with increasing texture depth h from bearing is in the middle, and that of the concave textured bearing is the lowest. The load capacity of 7 6 5 10 m to 3 10 m, while that of the concave textured bearing decreases in the same case. −7 the bearing with convex spherical texture increases with increasing texture depth h from 5 × 10 m Taking the load capacity of the plain bearing (1014 N) as the baseline value, when the texture depth h −6 to 3 × 10 m, while that of the concave textured bearing decreases in the same case. Taking the load is increased to 3 10 m, the load capacity of the convex textured bearing (1171 N) greatly improves capacity of the plain bearing (1014 N) as the baseline value, when the texture depth h is increased by 7.93%, while that of the concave textured bearing decreases by 6.54%. The friction coefﬁcient, −6 to 3 × 10 m, the load capacity of the convex textured bearing (1171 N) greatly improves by 7.93%, seen in Figure 4b, is not affected by the texture depth as much as the loading capacity. The friction while that of the concave textured bearing decreases by 6.54%. The friction coefficient, seen in Figure coefﬁcient 4b, is of not the affconvex ected by the texture depth as much textured bearing reduces as the l with oadi incr ng ca easing pacity. The area density friction coeff , but ici the ent of decr the ement is convex textured bearing reduces with increasing area density, but the decrement is slight, and that slight, and that of the concave textured bearing increases a little bit. The lowest friction coefﬁcient of the concave textured bearing increases a little bit. The lowest friction coefficient of the convex of the convex textured bearing can be achieved (0.072) at h = 3 10 m, the improvement is only −6 textured bearing can be achieved (0.072) at h =× 310 m , the improvement is only 0.96% comparing 0.96% comparing with the plain bearing (0.0727), and that of the concave (0.0728) gets even worse, but with the plain bearing (0.0727), and that of the concave (0.0728) gets even worse, but also to a trivial also to a trivial degree of 0.14%. degree of 0.14%. (a) (b) Figure 4. Effect of the texture depth on (a) the load capacity and (b) the friction coefficient. Figure 4. Effect of the texture depth on (a) the load capacity and (b) the friction coefﬁcient. 4.2. Effect of Area Density −6 In the case of 2 × 10 m texture depth, simulations with different area densities λ from 0.03 to 0.8 are performed, and the load capacity W and the friction coefficient μ of the plain bearing, the Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 244 7 of 13 4.2. Effect of Area Density In the case of 2 10 m texture depth, simulations with different area densities l from 0.03 to 0.8 Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, x 7 of 13 are performed, and the load capacity W and the friction coefﬁcient m of the plain bearing, the concave concave textured be textured bearing and arin the g and the conve convex textured x textured be bearing arar e plotted ing are plot in Figur ted in e Figure 5. From 5.Figur From e Figur 5a, it e can 5a,be it observed that the load capacity of the bearing with convex spherical texture increases with increasing can be observed that the load capacity of the bearing with convex spherical texture increases with iar nc ea rea density sing arl ea fr de om nsi 0.03 ty to λ 0.8, from 0.03 while that to 0 with .8, whi thele tha concave t wispherical th the conca textur ve espheri decreases cal texture decrea with the increase ses of area density in the same range. For l = 0.8, the load capacity of the convex textured bearing is with the increase of area density in the same range. For λ = 0.8 , the load capacity of the convex textured bea 1173 N, and the ring is incr1 ement 173 N, a is 8.11%, nd the rielative ncrement i to the s 8plain .11%, rela bearing tive to the pl (1085 N). ai Wn beari ith then same g (108 ar 5ea N). Wi density th, tthe he s load ame capacity area dens of ity, the thconcave e load cap textur acityed of t bearing he concav decr e teases extured to b 1010 earin N g by decre 6.91% ases t relative o 1010 N to b the y 6. plain 91% rela bearing. tive to the pl From Figur ain bearing. From Fi e 5b, it is shown that gure the 5b friction , it is shown tha coefﬁcientt the f of the riconcave ction coeff textur icient of ed bearing the conca hardly ve tchanges extured b with earing h changing ardlyar ch ea ange density s wit , h and changin that of g a the rea convex densittex y, and t tured hbearing at of the conv decreases ex tewith xtured b incre easing aring decrea area density ses wit , but h incre theabeneﬁcial sing area d efe fect nsitis y, b very ut th slight. e benef For iciall e = ffect 0.8, is ve compar ry sed light with . For the λplain = 0.8bearing, , compare the d wi friction th the pla coefﬁ in bea cient r of inthe g, the f concave riction coeff textured icibearing ent of the incr concave textured be eases by 0.28% to 0.0729, aring and increases b that of y the 0.28% to convex 0. textur 0729ed , and bearing that of decr the conv eases ex t by 0.96% extured b to 0.072. earing decreases by 0.96%to 0.072. (a) (b) Figure 5. Effect of texture area density on (a) the load capacity and (b) the friction coefficient. Figure 5. Effect of texture area density on (a) the load capacity and (b) the friction coefﬁcient. 5. Concave-Convex Composite Spherical Texture 5. Concave-Convex Composite Spherical Texture The relationships between texture parameters and lubrication performances of the journal The relationships between texture parameters and lubrication performances of the journal bearing bearing are found based on the above analysis. It is indicated that, with a pure texture form (pure are found based on the above analysis. It is indicated that, with a pure texture form (pure convex or convex or pure concave), the friction coefficient is hardly influenced, regardless of the parameter type pure concave), the friction coefﬁcient is hardly inﬂuenced, regardless of the parameter type and value. and value. However, the friction coefficient is an important factor that should be reduced in the case However, the friction coefﬁcient is an important factor that should be reduced in the case of journal of journal bearing lubrication. To this end, a concave-convex composite spherical texture is presented bearing lubrication. To this end, a concave-convex composite spherical texture is presented in this in this section. The composite texture distribution along the circumference direction is shown in section. The composite texture distribution along the circumference direction is shown in Figure 6a, Figure 6a, where the red solid dot indicates the convex texture and the hollow dot represents the where the red solid dot indicates the convex texture and the hollow dot represents the concave texture. concave texture. Two rows of concave spherical segments are arranged near the main loading region and the convex spherical segments are used elsewhere. The blue dashed line in Figure 6a is the circumferential film pressure distribution. It can be seen that the film pressure reaches the peak at the boundary where the texture type alternates from convex to concave, and drops sharply near the region where the texture type changes back from concave to convex. Figure 6b is the circumferential film thickness distribution diagram, in which the red line above the blue line represents the film Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 244 8 of 13 Two rows of concave spherical segments are arranged near the main loading region and the convex spherical segments are used elsewhere. The blue dashed line in Figure 6a is the circumferential ﬁlm pressure distribution. It can be seen that the ﬁlm pressure reaches the peak at the boundary where the texture type alternates from convex to concave, and drops sharply near the region where the texture type changes back from concave to convex. Figure 6b is the circumferential ﬁlm thickness distribution Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, x 8 of 13 diagram, in which the red line above the blue line represents the ﬁlm thickness at the position of the concave spherical segment, and that below the blue line represents the ﬁlm thickness at the position of thickness at the position of the concave spherical segment, and that below the blue line represents the convex spherical segment. the film thickness at the position of the convex spherical segment. (a) (b) Figure 6. Distribution of concave-convex composite spherical texture: (a) circumferential film Figure 6. Distribution of concave-convex composite spherical texture: (a) circumferential ﬁlm pressure pressure distribution, (b) circumferential film thickness distribution diagram. distribution, (b) circumferential ﬁlm thickness distribution diagram. To discuss the lubrication performance of the composite texture, comparisons between the plain, To discuss the lubrication performance of the composite texture, comparisons between the plain, the convex, and the composite textured bearings are carried out. The pure concave texture case is not the convex, and the composite textured bearings are carried out. The pure concave texture case is not considered, because its lubrication performance has already been found to be the worst. considered, because its lubrication performance has already been found to be the worst. 5.1. Effect of Texture Depth 5.1. Effect of Texture Depth −7 With a fixed area density λ of 0.5, simulations with different texture depths h from 5 × 10 With a ﬁxed area density l of 0.5, simulations with different texture depths h from 5 10 −6 to 3 × 10 m are performed. The load capacity W and the friction coefficient μ of the bearing with to 3 10 m are performed. The load capacity W and the friction coefﬁcient m of the bearing with concave-conv concave-convex ex composite composite spheric spherical al texture, convex texture, convex spheri spherical cal texture a texture and nd no texture no texture a ar re p e plotted lotted iin n Fi Figur gure 7. It e 7. It iis s ffound ound tha that t the l the load oad ca capacities pacities of of the con the convex vex an and d the the c composite omposite textured textured bear bearings ings both both incre increase ase w with ith incre increasing asing tex textur ture depth. T e depth. The he incremen increment t of of the composi the composite te texture texture iis s sl slightly ightly hi higher gher tha than n that of the convex texture. The load capacities of both sorts of textured bearing reach the maximum −6 value at h =× 310 m together. The load capacity of the composite textured bearing is greatly improved to 1173 N by 8.11% relative to that of the plain bearing (1085 N), and the improvement of the convex textured bearing is quite similar (7.9%). Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 244 9 of 13 that of the convex texture. The load capacities of both sorts of textured bearing reach the maximum value at h = 3 10 m together. The load capacity of the composite textured bearing is greatly improved to 1173 N by 8.11% relative to that of the plain bearing (1085 N), and the improvement of the convex textured bearing is quite similar (7.9%). Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, x 9 of 13 (a) (b) Figure 7. Effect of texture depth on (a) the load capacity and (b) the friction coefficient. Figure 7. Effect of texture depth on (a) the load capacity and (b) the friction coefﬁcient. −7 h =× 510 m In the texture depth range considered, the initial friction coefficient (at ) of the In the texture depth range considered, the initial friction coefﬁcient (at h = 5 10 m) of the composite textured bearing is lower than those of plain bearing and the convex textured bearing. The composite textured bearing is lower than those of plain bearing and the convex textured bearing. friction coefficients of the bearings with the composite texture and the convex texture both decrease The friction coefﬁcients of the bearings with the composite texture and the convex texture both decrease with increasing texture depth. However, Figure 7b clearly shows an obviously greater reduction in with increasing texture depth. However, Figure 7b clearly shows an obviously greater reduction in friction coefficient for the composite textured bearing than the convex one. Since both the friction friction coefﬁcient for the composite textured bearing than the convex one. Since both the friction coefficient trends are monotonous, the lowest values can be obtained at the greatest texture depth of coefﬁcient trends are monotonous, the lowest values can be obtained at the greatest texture depth of −6 3 × 10 m. A significant reduction in the friction coefficient is achieved by the composite textured 3 10 m. A signiﬁcant reduction in the friction coefﬁcient is achieved by the composite textured bearing from 0.072 (plain bearing) to 0.0684 by 5.91%, which can be regarded as a considerable bearing from 0.072 (plain bearing) to 0.0684 by 5.91%, which can be regarded as a considerable beneficial effect in lubrication performance of the journal bearing. beneﬁcial effect in lubrication performance of the journal bearing. 5.2. Effect of Area Density 5.2. Effect of Area Density −6 With a fixed texture depth h of 2 × 10 m, the load capacity W and the friction coefficient μ With a ﬁxed texture depth h of 2 10 m, the load capacity W and the friction coefﬁcient m of different textured bearings are simulated under various of area densities λ from 0.03 to 0.8. From of different textured bearings are simulated under various of area densities l from 0.03 to 0.8. From Figure 8, it can be observed that the area density λ of the composite textured not only has a great Figure 8, it can be observed that the area density l of the composite textured not only has a great effect effect on the load capacity W , but also significantly affects the friction coefficient μ of the bearing. on the load capacity W, but also signiﬁcantly affects the friction coefﬁcient m of the bearing. Both the Both the pur pure convex e and convex the convex-concave and the convex composite -concave comp texturosite textur es are able to es ar enhance e ablethe to e bnhance the earing load b capacity earing when the texture depth is increased. In addition, the improvements of both sorts of texture in the load load capacity when the texture depth is increased. In addition, the improvements of both sorts of texture i capacityn ar the l e nearly oad ca thep same. acity a For re nea l =r0.8 ly the sa , the load me. capacity For λ = of 0.the 8 , the lo composite ad capac textur ity of t ed bearing he composite increases textured bearing increases by 8.2% from 1085 N (plain bearing) to 1174 N and that of the convex one increases to 1173 N as well. Compared with the pure texture (convex or concave), the composite texture has a significant effect on the friction coefficient. As seen in Figure 8b, the friction coefficients of the bearing with both texture types decrease with increasing area density. It should be noted that the decrement of the composite textured bearing caused by the increase of area density is much greater than that of the pure convex textured bearing. At λ = 0.8 , the maximum reduction in friction coefficient of the composite bearing is 6.6%, based on the plain bearing. In the same case, the biggest Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 244 10 of 13 by 8.2% from 1085 N (plain bearing) to 1174 N and that of the convex one increases to 1173 N as well. Compared with the pure texture (convex or concave), the composite texture has a signiﬁcant effect on the friction coefﬁcient. As seen in Figure 8b, the friction coefﬁcients of the bearing with both texture types decrease with increasing area density. It should be noted that the decrement of the composite textured bearing caused by the increase of area density is much greater than that of the pure convex Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, x 10 of 13 textured bearing. At l = 0.8, the maximum reduction in friction coefﬁcient of the composite bearing is 6.6%, based on the plain bearing. In the same case, the biggest decrement of the convex textured decrement of the convex textured bearing is only 0.97%, which is far smaller than the composite bearing is only 0.97%, which is far smaller than the composite textured bearing. textured bearing. (a) (b) Figure 8. Effect of texture area density on (a) the load capacity and (b) the friction coefficient. Figure 8. Effect of texture area density on (a) the load capacity and (b) the friction coefﬁcient. That is to say, the convex-concave composite texture has considerable potential for improving That is to say, the convex-concave composite texture has considerable potential for improving lubrication performance in terms of increasing load capacity and decreasing friction coefficient. lubrication performance in terms of increasing load capacity and decreasing friction coefﬁcient. Based on the above studies, a combination of texture depth and area density is used for both the Based on the above studies, a combination of textur −6e depth and area density is used for both h =× 310 m convex and the composite cases, which are and λ = 0.8 . The oil film pressure the convex and the composite cases, which are h = 3 10 m and l = 0.8. The oil ﬁlm pressure distributions of the plain, the convex and the composite textured bearings are calculated and distributions of the plain, the convex and the composite textured bearings are calculated and compared compared in Figure 9. Taking the plain bearing as a reference, the load capacity and the friction in Figure 9. Taking the plain bearing as a reference, the load capacity and the friction coefﬁcient coefficient of the convex and the composite textured bearings are calculated with the optimal texture of the convex and the composite textured bearings are calculated with the optimal texture depth depth and area density and listed in Table 1. With the optimal texture parameters, both the pure and area density and listed in Table 1. With the optimal texture parameters, both the pure convex convex and the composite textures can improve the lubrication performance of bearing. The and the composite textures can improve the lubrication performance of bearing. The improvements improvements in load capacity are the same for both texture types. The reductions of the friction in load capacity are the same for both texture types. The reductions of the friction coefﬁcient are coefficient are significantly different between the two cases; the composite texture has a much greater signiﬁcantly different between the two cases; the composite texture has a much greater reduction than reduction than the convex texture. the convex texture. Figure 9 shows the circumferential oil film pressure distributions of the plain bearing, the convex Figure 9 shows the circumferential oil ﬁlm pressure distributions of the plain bearing, the convex textured bearing and the concave-convex composite textured bearing. The circumferential length textured bearing and the concave-convex composite textured bearing. The circumferential length with with oil film of the convex textured bearing is the same as that of the plain bearing. However, the oil film pressure in the convex texture in the main load region is much higher than that of the plain bearing. For the composite texture, the oil film is still higher than the plain bearing, but lower than the convex texture at peak, and higher than the convex texture at other locations. Additionally, the pressurized area of the composite textured bearing is wider than those of the plain and the convex textured bearings by 10 degrees. A wider pressurized area indicates a wider load region and a higher oil film pressure throughout the whole departure half of the contact area. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 244 11 of 13 oil ﬁlm of the convex textured bearing is the same as that of the plain bearing. However, the oil ﬁlm pressure in the convex texture in the main load region is much higher than that of the plain bearing. For the composite texture, the oil ﬁlm is still higher than the plain bearing, but lower than the convex texture at peak, and higher than the convex texture at other locations. Additionally, the pressurized area of the composite textured bearing is wider than those of the plain and the convex textured bearings by 10 degrees. A wider pressurized area indicates a wider load region and a higher oil ﬁlm pressure throughout the whole departure half of the contact area. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, x 11 of 13 Figure 9. Circumferential oil film pressure distribution. Figure 9. Circumferential oil ﬁlm pressure distribution. Table 1. Load capacity and friction coefficient of bearings with the optimal parameters. Table 1. Load capacity and friction coefﬁcient of bearings with the optimal parameters. Texture Types W (KN) ∆W (%) µ ∆µ (%) Texture Types W (KN) DW (%) m Dm (%) Plain (baseline) 1.09 0 0.073 0 Plain (baseline) 1.09 0 0.073 0 Convex 1.22 +11.93 0.072 −1.4 Convex 1.22 +11.93 0.072 1.4 Concave-convex composite 1.22 +11.93 0.066 −9.59 Concave-convex composite 1.22 +11.93 0.066 9.59 6. Conclusions 6. Conclusions The potential use of the spherical texture is studied in terms of the effects of texture type and The potential use of the spherical texture is studied in terms of the effects of texture type and parameters on the bearing lubrication performance. A theoretical model of a textured bearing is parameters on the bearing lubrication performance. A theoretical model of a textured bearing is developed and validated. A novel convex-concave composite texture is proposed after discussing the developed and validated. A novel convex-concave composite texture is proposed after discussing the effects of texture depth and area density on the load capacity and the friction coefficient of the effects of texture depth and area density on the load capacity and the friction coefﬁcient of the bearing. bearing. The performance of the composite texture is then simulated and compared with the convex The performance of the composite texture is then simulated and compared with the convex texture. texture. The main conclusions can be drawn as follows: The main conclusions can be drawn as follows: (1) The load capacity of the concave spherical textured bearing is lower than that of the plain (1) The load capacity of the concave spherical textured bearing is lower than that of the plain bearing, bearing, and the friction coefficient is hardly affected by the concave texture. The convex and the friction coefﬁcient is hardly affected by the concave texture. The convex spherical texture spherical texture can increase the bearing load capacity and friction coefficient at the same time, can increase the bearing load capacity and friction coefﬁcient at the same time, but the reduction but the reduction in friction coefficient is fairly slight. in friction coefﬁcient is fairly slight. (2) The concave-convex composite spherical texture can improve the load capacity and the friction (2) The concave-convex composite spherical texture can improve the load capacity and the friction coefficient of the bearing. In contrast to the convex texture, the beneficial effect introduced by coefﬁcient of the bearing. In contrast to the convex texture, the beneﬁcial effect introduced by the the composite texture on the friction coefficient is as significant as that on load capacity. composite texture on the friction coefﬁcient is as signiﬁcant as that on load capacity. (3) In addition to the load capacity and the friction coefficient, the oil film region is expanded in the (3) In addition to the load capacity and the friction coefﬁcient, the oil ﬁlm region is expanded in the composite texture case, as well. That is to say, the proposed convex-concave composite texture has composite significan textur t pote ent case, ial for as lubr well. icat That ion i ism to provement say, the pr of t oposed he be convex-concave aring. composite texture has signiﬁcant potential for lubrication improvement of the bearing. Acknowledgments: The authors wish to acknowledge the financial support from the National Key R&D Program of China (2016YFD0700701). Author Contributions: Jun Wang developed the bearing models with textures and conducted the analyses; Junhong Zhang contributed analysis tools; Jiewei Lin wrote and revised the paper; Liang Ma developed the baseline bearing model. Conflicts of Interest: The authors declare no conflict of interest. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 244 12 of 13 Acknowledgments: The authors wish to acknowledge the ﬁnancial support from the National Key R&D Program of China (2016YFD0700701). Author Contributions: Jun Wang developed the bearing models with textures and conducted the analyses; Junhong Zhang contributed analysis tools; Jiewei Lin wrote and revised the paper; Liang Ma developed the baseline bearing model. Conﬂicts of Interest: The authors declare no conﬂict of interest. Nomenclature Parameters and Variables c radial clearance e eccentricity F friction force h ﬁlm thickness h ﬁlm thickness of the untextured bearing h texture depth L width of the journal bearing m, n number of grid points along X and Z directions M, N number of meshes along X and Z directions O , O centers of the journal bearing and the shaft p ﬁlm pressure R, r radii of the journal bearing and the shaft r base radius of the spherical texture U relative linear sliding velocity of the bearing and the shaft W total load capacity W , W load capacities along X and Y direction X Y x, y, z local coordinates of the mesh along X, Y and Z directions X, Y, Z coordinates of the bearing along circumferential, radial and axial directions (x , z ) coordinates of the texture center 0 0 DW ratio of the load capacity between the textured bearing and the smooth bearing Dm ratio of the friction coefﬁcient between the textured bearing and the smooth bearing # eccentric ratio h dynamic viscosity of lubricant m friction coefﬁcient t shear stress of the slip plane between the friction pairs y angle between the load coordinate and the centerline O O 1 2 w angular velocity of the shaft References 1. 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