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Mechanical Engineering (M E)

M E 462 Lubrication in Machine Design (3) Lubricants and lubrication with applications to design aspects of machines and mechanisms including bearings, gears, cams, and automotive engines.

M E 462 Lubrication in Machine Design (3)

The course covers interdisciplinary materials on lubrication in machine design including mechanical, mechanics and chemistry aspects. Six main topics will be studied. The course starts by introducing engineering tribology, highlighting its interdisciplinary nature and its significance in machine design. Surfaces of machine components in contact are studied, including surface physiochemistry, surface topography, topographical measurements and characterization and classification of regimes of lubrication. Lubricants used in machine design are discussed in length, including types of industrial lubricants, properties of lubricating oils: compositions, viscosity and additives, synthetic lubricants and engine oils. The course will develop the theory of fluid-film lubrication, including the mechanisms of pressure generation, configuration of tribo-contacts and the Reynolds equation. Hydrodynamic lubrication is studied. The topics include the machine components with hydrodynamic lubrication, thrust bearings, journal bearings and design considerations of these devices. The last topic to be covered is the theory and application of Elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL). First, the machine components with concentrated contacts are introduced. Then, the Hertz theory of contact in studied and the governing equations for EHL are derived. Thermal EHL and traction are studied, and design calculations for rolling bearings, cams and gears are developed in relation to the geometrical and kinematic features of these components.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: MATH 251, M E 360

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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