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An investigation of the fluid-structure interaction of piston/cylinder interface
by Pelosi, Matteo, Ph.D., Purdue University, 2012, 158; 3545351
Abstract (Summary)

The piston/cylinder lubricating interface represents one of the most critical design elements of axial piston machines. Being a pure hydrodynamic bearing, the piston/cylinder interface fulfills simultaneously a bearing and sealing function under oscillating load conditions. Operating in an elastohydrodynamic lubrication regime, it also represents one of the main sources of power loss due to viscous friction and leakage flow. An accurate prediction of the time changing tribological interface characteristics in terms of fluid film thickness, dynamic pressure field, load carrying ability and energy dissipation is necessary to create more efficient interface designs. The aim of this work is to deepen the understanding of the main physical phenomena defining the piston/cylinder fluid film and to discover the impact of surface elastic deformations and heat transfer on the interface behavior. For this purpose, a unique fully coupled multi-body dynamics model has been developed to capture the complex fluid-structure interaction phenomena affecting the non-isothermal fluid film conditions. The model considers the squeeze film effect due to the piston micro-motion and the change in fluid film thickness due to the solid boundaries elastic deformations caused by the fluid film pressure and by the thermal strain. The model has been verified comparing the numerical results with measurements taken on special designed test pumps. The fluid film calculated dynamic pressure and temperature fields have been compared. Further validation has been accomplished comparing piston/cylinder axial viscous friction forces with measured data. The model has been used to study the piston/cylinder interface behavior of an existing axial piston unit operating at high load conditions. Numerical results are presented in this thesis.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ivantysynova, Monika
Commitee: Krutz, Gary, Lumkes, John, Sadeghi, Farshid
School: Purdue University
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-B 74/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Aerospace engineering, Agricultural engineering, Mechanical engineering
Keywords: Axial piston machines, Fluid-structure interactions, Heat transfer, Piston/cylinder interface, Thermo-elastohydrodynamic lubrication, Tribology
Publication Number: 3545351
ISBN: 978-1-267-77571-9
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