Mechanics & Industry
Volume 14, Number 1, 2013
|Page(s)||59 - 69|
|Published online||07 March 2013|
An analytical study of the squeezing flow of synovial fluid
Département de Génie Mécanique, Université 20 août 1955 de
Skikda, BP 26,
2 Université de Lyon, CNRS INSA-Lyon, LaMCoS, UMR 5259, 69621 Villeurbanne Cedex, France
3 Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180-3590, USA
a Corresponding author: Benyebka.Bou-Said@insa-lyon.fr
Accepted: 24 December 2012
The problem of the squeezing of a fluid film with a complex rheology is studied. The fluid is represented by the Phan-Tien and Tanner (PTT) constitutive equation. The goal of the paper is to develop an analytical approach which allows one to describe and quantify this process, which is often present in classical lubrication problems, but particularly in human joints. The present approach can potentially supplement time-consuming and costly purely numerical methods which are also susceptible to misleading artifacts. A parametric study reveals the effect of fluid elasticity compared to viscous effects and some explanation is suggested as to their possible links with joint diseases.
Key words: Squeeze film / synovial fluid / PTT constitutive equation / modified Reynolds equation
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