GTU Question papers BE-ME VII th Sem – Industrial Tribology May/June-2012



Subject code: 171905

Subject Name: Industrial Tribology

Mechanical Engineering



1. Attempt all questions.

2. Make suitable assumptions wherever necessary.

3. Figures to the right indicate full marks.


Q.1 (a) State the different theories of friction. Explain any one of them which is

most widely accepted with neat sketch.

 (b) Define absolute and kinematic viscosity. Also define viscosity index.

Discuss the effect of temperature on absolute viscosity of the lubricating



Q.2 (a) Explain the air/gas bearing in detail.  

(b) State the different functions of the lubricants. Explain grease as lubricant in




(b) Why additives are added in lubricants? Give the names of few additives

and their functions. Classify the lubricants.


Q.3 (a) Explain the EHD (elasto hydrodynamic) lubrication in detail. State the

different examples of it.

 (b) Explain the wear of metals and non-metals.  


Q.3 (a) Explain the diagnostic maintenance of tribological components and

considerations in IC engines and automobile parts.

 (b) Explain the following (any ONE) :

1. Measurement of wear

2. Recycling of used oils


Q.4 (a) Derive Reynold’s equation for 3-D hydrodynamic lubrication. Also state

the assumptions made in this derivation.

 (b) Explain oil whip and whirl.  


Q.4 (a) Derive Petroff’s equation for lightly loaded bearing.  

(b) The following data refers to a 3600 hydrodynamic bearing:

Journal diameter = 40 mm Bearing length = 20 mm

Radial load = 6.5 kN Journal speed = 1500 r.p.m.

Radial clearance = 0.0  mm Oil viscosity = 25 cP

Find the minimum oil film thickness, friction coefficient, oil flow and

power lost in churning.

 l / d h0/c S CFV= f(r/c) FV = Q /rcnl

½ 0.4 0.319 8.10 4.85

0.6 0.779 17 4.29

0.8 2.03 40.9 3.72


Q.5 (a) State and explain general requirements of good bearing materials.  

(b) The following data refers to a hydrostatic thrust bearing:  

Thrust load = 500 kN Shaft speed = 720 r.p.m.

Recess diameter = 300 mm Shaft diameter = 500 mm

Film thickness = 0.15 mm Viscosity of lubricant = 29.3 cP

Calculate the supply pressure, flow requirement in lit/min and power loss

in pumping.


Q.5 (a) Write short note on the following (any ONE) :

1. Selection of bearing.

2. Lubrication systems.

 (b) Explain the optimum design of hydrostatic step bearing.  


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