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Find the force exerted by the oil on the shaft

  1. Nov 26, 2012 #1
    Hi guys,

    I'm pretty new here, and long story short, I'm struggling a bit on a fluid mechanics question I've been doing for some revision.

    A shaft 70 mm in diameter is being pushed at a speed of 400 mm/s through a bearing sleeve
    70.2 mm in diameter and 250 mm long. The clearance, assumed uniform, is filled with oil
    with kinematic viscosity ν = 0.005 m^2/s and density ρ = 900 kg/m^3. Find the force exerted by the oil on the shaft. (ans.: 990 N)

    As you see, I have the answer given to me, but I do not quite get the working out. Can somebody please help me out? :(

    Thanks in advance
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  3. Nov 26, 2012 #2
    Hello Karius, welcome to Physics Forums.

    Revision or not the rules here reuqire you to show us some attempted working before help is offered.

    So what have you calculated so far?
  4. Nov 26, 2012 #3
    Well to be honest, I'm not sure whether this is correct or not, but this is what I have so far.
    I have found µ (the dynamic viscosity coefficient) to come up to be 4.5kg/(ms).

    Then I went on to find τ (Shear Stress) to be 7.2

    And this is basically where I get stuck. Once again, I have no idea if I am on the correct path as this is my first time doing this kind of question =/
  5. Nov 26, 2012 #4
    velocity gradient = v/t

    v = peripheral velocity, t = film thickness

    viscous shear force = [itex]\eta[/itex] x velocity gradient

    viscous force on shaft = shear stress x surface area

    power absobed by friction = viscous force x peripheral velocity

    Is this enough help?
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