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See detailNumerical modelling of micro-plasto-hydrodynamic lubrication in plane strip drawing
Carretta, Yves ULg; Bech, Jakob; Legrand, Nicolas et al

in Tribology International (in press)

This paper presents a new finite element model capable of predicting the onset of micro-plasto-hydrodynamic (MPH) lubrication and the amount of lubricant escaping from surface pockets in metal forming ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a new finite element model capable of predicting the onset of micro-plasto-hydrodynamic (MPH) lubrication and the amount of lubricant escaping from surface pockets in metal forming. The present approach is divided in two steps. First, a simulation at the macroscopic level is conducted. Then, a second simulation highlighting microscopic liquid lubrication mechanisms is achieved using boundary conditions provided by the first model. These fluid-structure interaction computations are made possible through the use of the Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) formalism. The developed methodology is validated by comparison to experimental measurements conducted in plane strip drawing. The effect of physical parameters like the drawing speed, the die angle and the strip thickness reduction is investigated. The numerical results show good agreement with experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailA computational stochastic multiscale methodology for MEMS structures involving adhesive contact
Hoang Truong, Vinh ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Paquay, Stéphane et al

in Tribology International (in press)

This work aims at developing a computational stochastic multiscale methodology to quantify the uncertainties of the adhesive contact problems due to capillary effects and van der Waals forces in MEMS ... [more ▼]

This work aims at developing a computational stochastic multiscale methodology to quantify the uncertainties of the adhesive contact problems due to capillary effects and van der Waals forces in MEMS. Because the magnitudes of the adhesive forces strongly depend on the surface interaction distances, which in turn evolve with the roughness of the contacting surfaces, the involved structural behaviors suffer from a scatter. To numerically predict the probabilistic behaviors of structures involving adhesion, the proposed method introduces stochastic meso-scale random apparent contact forces which can be integrated into a stochastic finite element model. Because the evaluation of their realizations is expensive, a generator for the random apparent contact force using the polynomial chaos expansion is constructed in an efficient way. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental validation of a thermal model of a LOx flooded ball bearing
Servais, Christophe ULg; Bozet, Jean-Luc ULg; Kreit, Patrick ULg et al

in Tribology International (2014), 80

Ball bearings of turbopumps of rocket engines work in very singular conditions; they are flooded into liquid oxygen or liquid hydrogen. Therefore, the use of any conventional lubricants (oil or grease) is ... [more ▼]

Ball bearings of turbopumps of rocket engines work in very singular conditions; they are flooded into liquid oxygen or liquid hydrogen. Therefore, the use of any conventional lubricants (oil or grease) is prescribed. Although cryogenic fluids can cool this kind of ball bearing, they cannot separate the surfaces in contact. As a result, there is a significant increase in frictional power losses. This paper presents tests performed on a cryotechnic ball bearing flooded in liquid oxygen. The test results showed that beyond a critical loading of the bearing, a sudden increase in temperature occurred. A thermal model is also put forward, in order to understand and anticipate especially the thermal instability described above. [less ▲]

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See detailA Micro Model for Elasto-Plastic Adhesive-Contact in Micro-Switches: Application to cyclic loading
Wu, Ling ULg; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg

in Tribology International (2013), 57

Stiction is a major failure mode in micro-electromechanical systems. In previous works, a statistical rough surfaces interaction model, for which only elastic adhesive contact has been considered, was ... [more ▼]

Stiction is a major failure mode in micro-electromechanical systems. In previous works, a statistical rough surfaces interaction model, for which only elastic adhesive contact has been considered, was developed for multiscale analyzes. However, during the impact between rough surfaces, plastic deformations of asperities cannot always be neglected. In the present work, the adhesion between rough surfaces is studied considering the elasto-plastic deformations of the asperities, and a model predicting the resulting micro adhesive-contact forces is derived. For illustration purpose, an electrostatic-structural analysis is performed on a micro-switch. To determine the degree of plasticity involved, the impact energy of the movable electrode at pull-in is estimated. Thus the maximal adhesive force evolution during cyclic loading is predicted using the developed model. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling of friction and wear for designing cryogenic valves
Bozet, Jean-Luc ULg

in Tribology International (2001), 34(4), 207-215

From a tribological point of view, the selection of materials for seals for valves of cryogenic rocket engines is a critical issue for the designer. Due to the lack of comprehensive information on this ... [more ▼]

From a tribological point of view, the selection of materials for seals for valves of cryogenic rocket engines is a critical issue for the designer. Due to the lack of comprehensive information on this topic. data have been obtained in the framework of research programmes. In the first step, two polymers potentially usable for sealing cryogenic fluids were identified, They were submitted to general test conditions to gain some fundamental understanding of their tribological behaviour when immersed in a cryogenic fluid. This fundamental understanding proved to be helpful for an efficient technical approach. This approach with the test conditions as close as possible to those met in real valves has been used in the second step. In order to obtain the best information with the minimum number of tests, the statistical method of Doehlert has been adopted. The use of such a method led to the construction of surface response for modelling friction and wear. These surfaces and their associated equation are directly and easily usable by the designer, This way of treating technical tribological problem is illustrated by an example. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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