The Gas Squeeze Film Characteristics of Acoustic Levitation with Various Excitation Disc Shapes Based on the Modified Reynolds Equation

Bin Wei, M. Miyatake, S. Kawada, S. Yoshimoto

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Abstract

In order to simulate the characteristics of acoustic levitation for freely floating states with a larger ratio between the excitation radius and film thickness, a group of governing equations including a modified Reynolds, movement, and vibration equations were derived in this article. The inertia effect was considered in the modified Reynolds equation (MRE) and compared to experimental vibration curves. The vibration curves were interpolated from the experimental data on disc modal shapes with the standing wave’s excitation. The effect of wave numbers and amplitudes on floating height and bearing capacity are discussed in this article. The results indicate that the amplitudes of the excitation disc are approximately linear with the floating height, and the larger wave number along R direction can induce not only better bearing capacity but also floating stability. It is concluded that there would be more accurate results for floating height calculated by the MRE considering inertia effects. This squeeze film model with the MRE can aid in the design of actuators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-493
Number of pages7
JournalTribology Transactions
Volume63
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2020

Keywords

  • MEMS devices
  • Squeeze film lubrication
  • inertia effects

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