Squeeze film flow of viscoplastic Bingham fluid between non-parallel plates

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Abstract

Squeeze film flow of a viscoplastic Bingham fluid between non-parallel plates has been analysed. It is assumed that the force applied to the plates is known, therefore, their velocity must be found, and the film thickness decreases then as time proceeds. Moreover, for non-parallel plates, the position along the plates at which flow reverses direction is found as part of the solution. In the Newtonian limit, the thickness of the gap between the plates in the parallel system never quite reaches zero at any finite time, while for the non-parallel case a finite time can be obtained when the plates touch one another at a point. In squeeze flow of a viscoplastic Bingham fluid between parallel and non-parallel plates, under a fixed applied force, a final steady film thickness can sometimes be reached. This final thickness turns out to be sensitive not just to the plate tilt angle but also to the so called Oldroyd number which is defined as the ratio between yield stress and imposed stress. Nevertheless for squeeze film flow of Bingham viscoplastic fluid between non-parallel plates, the results show that other cases exist in which the lubrication force cannot always balance the applied force, leading to the plates approaching and touching at the narrowest end of the gap. Moreover torques that develop within the system have been analysed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104817
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics
Volume305
Early online date11 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • squeeze film flow
  • viscoplastic Bingham fluid
  • non-parallel plates
  • lubrication theory

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