Matsumoto, K., Ono, Y., and Kojima, Y., "Measurement of Oil Film Pressure on Running Continuously Variable Transmission Pulley - Part 2: Oil Film Thickness Calculation Based on EHL Theory," SAE Int. J. Passeng. Cars - Mech. Syst. 7(2):897-901, 2014, doi:10.4271/2014-01-1731.
In order to maintain the performance of push belt Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT) over a long period of time, it is important to acquire a fundamental understanding of lubrication performance between a pulley and a metal V-belt. This work examined oil film thickness using the contact pressure on a sliding surface of pulley sheave during driving, which was obtained with an uniquely developed measurement technique. The contact between a belt element and a pulley sheave was treated as a group of small elliptical contact zones. The pressure-viscosity characteristics of lubricant were assigned to Reynolds equation with Roelands experimental formula. Also, in order to increase convergence of the calculation, a multigrid method was used. Calculation results indicate that the oil film thickness at a peak contact pressure measured was approximately 0.3-0.4 μm.