The analysis of squeeze‐film performances between curved annular plates with an electrically conducting fluid in the presence of a transverse magnetic field is presented in this study. The magneto‐hydrodynamic (MHD) Reynolds‐type equation for squeezing‐film curved annular disks is derived using the continuity equation and the MHD motion equations. A closed‐form solution for the squeezing film pressure is obtained, and applied to predict the MHD squeeze‐film characteristics. According to the results obtained, the presence of applied magnetic fields signifies an increase in the MHD squeeze‐film pressure. Compared with the classical non‐conducting‐lubricant case, the magnetic‐field effect characterized by the Hartmann number provides an enhancement to the MHD load‐carrying capacity and the response time, especially for larger values of the curved shape parameter or smaller values of inner‐outer radius ratio of the curved annular disks.
Industrial Lubrication and Tribology – Emerald Publishing
Published: Oct 1, 2004
Keywords: Fluid mechanics; Magnetic fields; Electrical conductivity