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Course MV-MEGT-86219-K-4

Computational tribology (2V, 3.0 LP)

Course Type

SWS Type Course Form CP (Effort) Presence-Time / Self-Study
2 V Lecture 3.0 CP 28 h 62 h
(2V) 3.0 CP 28 h 62 h


CP, Effort 3.0 CP = 90 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in WiSe/SuSe
Level [4] Bachelor (Specialization)
Language [DE] German
Area of study [MV-MEGT] Machine Elements, Gears, and Transmissions
Additional informations
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active


  • Derivation of the Reynolds equation
  • Non-dimensionalization of the Reynolds equation
  • Discretisation methods (Finite difference, finite volume)
  • Numerical methods (Gaussian elimination, Jacobi method, Gauss-Seidel method)
  • Method of the progressive mesh densification
  • Calculation of the deformation in the half space
  • Coupled elastohydrodynamic calculation

Competencies / intended learning achievements

1. Lecture

The students are able to

  • understand the assumptions necessary to derive the elasto-hydrodynamic equations
  • understand the boundary conditions that arise from those assumptions
  • de-dimensionalize PDEs
  • choosing the right strategy for discretizing PDEs
  • apply numerical solving strategies to EHL problems

2. Practical part

The students are able to

  • set up a simple numerical EHL simulation of a specific problem


  • Stachowiak, G.W.; Batchelor, A.W.: Engineering tribology. Butterworth-Heinemann: Oxford, Waltham, 2014.
  • Venner, C.H.; Lubrecht, A.A.: Multi-Level Methods in Lubrication. Elsevier: Amsterdam, 2000.

Requirements for attendance (informal)


Requirements for attendance (formal)


References to Course [MV-MEGT-86219-K-4]

Module Name Context
[MV-MEGT-M163-M-4] Computational tribology P: Obligatory 2V, 3.0 LP