The modified Reynolds equation for power law fluid is derived from the viscous adsorption theory for thin film elastohydrodynamic lubrication (TFEHL). The differences between classical non-Newtonian EHL and non-Newtonian TFEHL are discussed. Results show that the proposed model can reasonably calculate the pressure distribution, the film thickness, the velocity distribution and the average viscosity under thin film lubrication. The thickness (δ), the viscosity (W1), and the flow index (n1) of the adsorption layer influence significantly the lubrication characteristics of the contact conjunction. Furthermore, the film thickness increases with the increase of n1, and the film thickness affected by m1 is greater than that affected by n1, but the effect of n1 produces a very small difference in the pressure distributions. In addition, the greater n 1, the smaller the change of velocity distribution in the adsorption layer, and the greater the change of velocity distribution in the middle layer. The larger δ and n1, the larger the deviation on log (film thickness) vs. log (speed) produced in the very thin film regime. In the region of the flow index ratio between 1.0 and 1.3, the difference in film thickness is significant. When the flow index of the adsorption layer is 1.6 times greater than the flow index of the middle layer, the adsorption layer is generally looked upon as a "solid-like".
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