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  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The present work describes a theoretical study to demonstrate the effect of the journal misalignment on the performance of an orifice compensated hole-entry hybrid journal bearing system lubricated with ER fluid. The journal misalignment has been accounted for by defining a pair of misalignment parameters sigma and delta. Continuous Bingham Model has been used to describe the behavior of ER fluid. The bearing static and dynamic characteristic parameters presented in the study indicate that the effect of journal misalignment is in general to cause a reduction in bearing dynamic characteristic parameters whereas the electric field in the ER fluid is to partially compensate this loss.
    Article · May 2010 · Tribology International
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In the present experimental investigation, Al (12 wt% Si) as matrix material and up to 15 wt% of flyash particulate composite was fabricated using the liquid metallurgy route. The wear and friction characteristics of the composite in the as-cast conditions were studied by conducting sliding wear test, slurry erosive wear test and fog corrosion test. The sliding wear behavior of the MMCs were investigated by varying parameters like normal load, percentage flyash, and track velocity. Pin-on-disc wear testing machine was used for investigating sliding wear behavior. In slurry erosive wear studies, percentage flyash and pH value of the slurry were used as variables. Corrosion studies were carried out using fog corrosion test. The specimens were exposed to a fog of NaCl. The worn surfaces were analyzed using optical microscope and scanning electron microscope. The results indicate that the wear resistance of the flyash reinforced material increased with increase in flyash content, but decreases with increase in normal load, and track velocity. The microscopic examination of the worn surfaces, wear debris and subsurface shows that the base alloy wears primarily because of micro cutting. But the MMCs wear because of delamination, micro cutting, oxidation and thermal softening. Corrosion has increased with increase in flyash content.
    Article · May 2007 · Wear
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Solidification of molten metals during various casting methods poses many practical problems associated with phase transformation and heat transfer processes. Evaluation of solidification time is one of the very important parameters used for assessing the properties of the material. In the present study, experimental investigation was carried out to measure the solidification time in a cylindrical hollow casting cast in CO2-Sand molds and the same has been compared with the results obtained through computed by using an implicit alternating direction (IAD) method, including the treatment of interfacial nodes between metal and mold, and boundary nodes at the mold surface. Aluminum-4.5% copper alloy has been used. Computed cooling curves at various locations and temperature distributions in core-metal-mold were presented. The results shows that the solidification time obtained by experimental study compares well with the one predicted by the analysis made through IAD modeling. A successful comparison with reported experimental results shows that the technique is appropriate for simulation of solidification process of aluminum castings.
    Article · Jan 2007 · International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
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