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

Esmaeili, Elaheh and Grassia, Paul and Torres Ulloa, Carlos Alejandro (2022) Squeeze film flow of viscoplastic Bingham fluid between non-parallel plates. Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, 305. 104817. ISSN 0377-0257 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnnfm.2022.104817)

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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.