Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Smart Structures, School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University, Australia. His research interests cover Industry 4.0, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Engineering Materials and Structures (Metals and Composites), Multi-scale Modelling of Materials and Structures, Metal Forming and Metal Surface Treatment.
Abstract—For the aerodynamic microbearings in micro-electro-mechanical systems, the gas film thickness is close to or less than the molecular mean free path. The combined effects of gaseous rarefaction and surface roughness on the performance characteristics of gas journal microbearing must be taken into account during the bearing design. The fractal geometry theory is used to characterize the homogeneous surface roughness on bearing surface, and the generalized modified Reynolds equation with different Poiseuille flow rates are derived and solved by using the partial derivative method and relaxation algorithm. The influences of Knudsen number, fractal dimension and bearing parameters on the load-carrying capacity, friction coefficient and attitude angle are investigated in detail. The results show that the Knudsen number has significant impact on the load-carrying capacity and friction coefficient of slip correction models. The roughness effect increases the load carrying capacity and friction coefficient while the corresponding attitude angles are decreased obviously.
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