The article studies the friction coefficient in elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL) by means of analytically obtained equations for different contact geometries. The introduction of some simplifications allows for the simultaneous consideration of piezoviscous, pseudoplastic and thermal phenomena, resulting in complete and realistic models, which provide results in a quick and easy manner. The predictive potential of this analytical approach is analyzed by comparing the estimates of friction with full-EHL simulations and experimental data under different operating conditions. The results obtained allow us to discuss the influence of some assumptions taken into account and the scope of applicability of the models, in order to determine their usefulness and limitations.
Keywords: elastohydrodynamic lubrication; friction; analytical; pressure-viscosity coefficient