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Beneath the surface: Why contact mechanics and tribology are a natural match
When the theory of contact mechanics was first developed in 1882, lubricants were not factored into the equationat all. Experts say that may be due to the lack of powerful analytical and numerical tools that necessitated simplicity. The omission of lubrication from contact mechanics theory was resolved four years later when Osborne Reynolds developed what is now know as the Reynolds Equation. It describes the pressure distribution in nearly any type of fluid film bearing.
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