A multi-scale finite element contact model using measured surface roughness for a radial lip seal

Jonathan F. Wenk, L. Scott Stephens, Scott B. Lattime, David Weatherly

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Abstract

Historically, large computational requirements have left contact modeling approaches unable to combine multiple-length scale effects (comprised by the macro-scale geometry of the component and sub-micron geometry of the surface roughness) into a single deterministic analysis. This work presents a three-dimensional, multi-scale, finite element contact and deformation model for a worn-in radial lip seal. The model includes elastomer bulk geometry and apex surface roughness measured from an experimentally tested elastomer seal. The work describes the modeling method used to simulate the compressed state of the seal. A statistical parameter analysis of both the compressed and uncompressed surface roughness was performed. Results are presented and discussed with respect to their potential impact on modeling efforts and the operating conditions of the seal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-301
Number of pages14
JournalTribology International
Volume97
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2016

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Keywords

  • Finite element
  • Radial lip seal
  • Surface roughness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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