Lubrication, Piston-Ring Pack Friction, ANSYS Fluent CFD Simulation Training

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The present problem simulates the lubrication process effect on friction factor in the space between the cylinder and the ring in an engine considering various groove texture patterns.

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Lubrication Project Description

The present problem simulates the lubrication process effect on friction factor in the space between the cylinder and the ring in an engine considering various groove texture patterns by ANSYS Fluent. The movement of the ring on the inner surface of the cylinder of an engine causes friction between the surfaces. The lubrication process can be used to reduce friction between surfaces; In this way, oil is poured into the space between these two surfaces. The oil in this model has a density of 900 kg.m-3, specific heat capacity equal to 210, thermal conductivity equal to 0.13 Wm-1.K-1, and viscosity equal to 0.04 kg .m-1.s-1.

On the inner surface of the cylinder, there are grooves where the oil flows in the space between these grooves. These surfaces can be designed with different patterns based on the angle and density of the grooves placed on them. In the present modeling, four patterns have been used for these grooves, including 30, 45, 60, and 90-degree angles. The present project aims to investigate the amount of friction coefficient produced on the moving surface of the ring. In the present simulation, a square computational area is defined in which several rows of grooves with the mentioned angles are designed.

Lubrication Project Description

The lower surfaces of this area and its grooves are defined as a static wall, and the smooth upper surface of the area is defined as a moving wall. Since this square area is defined as a sample space of a general computational area, the lateral surfaces of the grooves have a symmetric boundary condition. The lower stationary wall has a constant temperature of 353 K, and the upper moving wall has a constant temperature of 393 K. Because the modeling is done in four different patterns based on the angle of the grooves, the oil flow path inside these grooves will be different.

Now, considering that when a high-moving surface moves on these grooves, the path of movement of this surface with the grooves creates an angle equal to half the angle between the two grooves; Therefore, the bisector of the mentioned angles is used to define the amount of velocity of the moving wall relative to its side grooves. This moving wall in all four modes has a velocity equal to 10 m.s-1. Using the sine and cosine of angles of 15, 22.5, 30, and 45 degrees can have different velocities in two different ways coordinate directions.

Geometry & Mesh

The current model is designed in three dimensions using Design Modeler software. The model includes a square computational area with 0.001 m for fluid flow. This computational area has 20 rows of grooves with a depth of 0.000006 m. These rows of grooves are designed in two different directions and make different angles to each other. These grooves are designed based on the angle of relation to each other, with four different patterns, which include modes with angles of 15, 30, 45, and 90 degrees.


The meshing of the present model has been done using ANSYS Meshing software. The mesh type is structured and the element number in grooved modes with angles of 30, 45, 60 and 90 degrees is equal to 633774, 645574, 642332, and 692403, respectively. The following figure shows a view of the mesh for the 60 ° groove mode.


Lubrication CFD Simulation

To simulate the present model, several assumptions are considered:

  • We perform a pressure-based solver.
  • The simulation is steady.
  • The gravity effect on the fluid is ignored.

A summary of the defining steps of the problem and its solution is given in the following table:

Viscous k-epsilon
k-epsilon model standard
near wall treatment standard wall functions
Energy On
Boundary conditions
Upper Wall Wall
wall motion moving wall
temperature 393 K
Downer Wall Wall
wall motion stationary wall
temperature 353 K
Pressure-Velocity Coupling Coupled
Pressure second order
momentum second-order upwind
energy second-order upwind
turbulent kinetic energy first-order upwind
turbulent dissipation rate first-order upwind
Initialization methods Hybrid


At the end of the solution process, three-dimensional contours related to pressure, velocity, and temperature and a two-dimensional friction coefficient contour and plots are obtained.

Y+ (Y plus)


Friction Factor

2 3


  1. Avatar Of Grady Zemlak

    Grady Zemlak

    The simulation provides data on different groove angles impact on friction, but how is the roughness of the groove surfaces accounted for in the simulation? Does the study consider varying surface roughness or is it assumed to be uniform across all models?

    • Avatar Of Mr Cfd Support

      MR CFD Support

      In this simulation, we specifically focus on the impact of varying groove angles on friction in the lubrication process. The study considers different groove angles (30, 45, 60, and 90-degree angles) to understand how they can affect the lubrication performance. However, the surface roughness of the grooves is not a variable in the present simulation; it is assumed to be uniform across all models to isolate the effect of groove angle on the coefficient of friction.

  2. Avatar Of Gertrude Schneider

    Gertrude Schneider

    I was amazed at how the different groove angles impacted the lubrication and friction factor. The level of detail in the simulation shows clearly in the results!

    • Avatar Of Mr Cfd Support

      MR CFD Support

      Thank you for your positive feedback on the Lubrication, Piston-Ring Pack Friction CFD Simulation Training using ANSYS Fluent. We are glad that you found the effect of groove texture patterns on lubrication and friction factors insightful. Accomplishing this level of detail in simulations empowers better engineering designs, and we’re happy to hear that our product contributed valuable insights. If you have further questions or need more information, please feel free to reach out!

  3. Avatar Of Joaquin Crona

    Joaquin Crona

    Can you explain how the surface patterns of grooves affect the lubrication efficiency in this simulation?

    • Avatar Of Mr Cfd Support

      MR CFD Support

      The surface patterns of grooves affect the flow path of the oil and create different pressure distributions and flow dynamics. This, in turn, impacts the lubrication efficiency. Various groove patterns are analyzed to determine their influence on the friction coefficient between the piston ring and the cylinder’s surface.

  4. Avatar Of Miss Ashtyn Wisoky Dvm

    Miss Ashtyn Wisoky DVM

    The tutorial was incredibly detailed and informative. I particularly appreciated the visual aids provided in the mesh views, which made it much easier to understand the complex groove texture patterns. Also, seeing the results in various contour plots at the end provided clarity on the relationship between groove geometry and friction coefficient. Fantastic practical resource for anyone studying fluid dynamics in mechanical engineering applications!

    • Avatar Of Mr Cfd Support

      MR CFD Support

      Thank you for your positive feedback! We’re thrilled to hear that our tutorial was able to help you visualize and understand the key concepts of CFD simulations with groove texture patterns. If you have any more questions or need further simulations, feel free to reach out. We’re always here to help you enhance your understanding of fluid dynamics!

  5. Avatar Of Ms. Cassandra Grant Dds

    Ms. Cassandra Grant DDS

    The groove texture patterns in the simulation are quite intriguing. How exactly do the different groove angles affect the lubrication performance and the resulting friction coefficient between the cylinder and the ring?

    • Avatar Of Mr Cfd Support

      MR CFD Support

      Different groove angles affect the flow path of the oil and its ability to provide lubrication. Generally, optimal groove patterns can improve oil distribution, reducing direct metal-to-metal contact, and thus lowering friction coefficients. Each groove angle creates a different interaction with the moving surface, affecting how the lubricant responds to changes in pressure and motion.

  6. Avatar Of Dr. Rhett Runolfsson

    Dr. Rhett Runolfsson

    Can the groove patterns be customized according to my specifications for a particular engine design?

    • Avatar Of Mr Cfd Support

      MR CFD Support

      In this simulation, four different groove patterns based on certain angle criteria have been designed. However, customizations aligned with specific engine designs can typically be conducted through consultation with the technical team to adapt the computational model accordingly.

  7. Avatar Of Cecile Friesen

    Cecile Friesen

    The description mentioned using various groove texture patterns. How does changing these groove angles affect the lubrication efficiency and the friction factor?

    • Avatar Of Mr Cfd Support

      MR CFD Support

      Changing the groove angles in the texture pattern can have significant effects on lubrication efficiency and the friction factor. Grooves alter the flow path of the lubricant, potentially improving the distribution and maintaining a lubricant film, which in turn can reduce the friction between surfaces. By adjusting the angles, we can find an optimal pattern that minimizes friction without compromising the movement of the ring on the cylinder’s inner surface. Each angle may affect the hydrodynamic pressure distribution differently, influencing the lubrication performance and friction behavior.

  8. Avatar Of Ms. Alanna Johnson

    Ms. Alanna Johnson

    Extremely pleased with the Lubrication, Piston-Ring Pack Friction Training. Very insightful! The detailed levels of groove patterns and their impact on friction taught me a lot.

    • Avatar Of Mr Cfd Support

      MR CFD Support

      Thank you for your positive feedback! We’re thrilled to hear that you found the training course insightful and that it has enhanced your understanding of the impact of groove patterns on friction in lubrication processes. If you need further assistance or training, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

  9. Avatar Of Dr. Cory Monahan Md

    Dr. Cory Monahan MD

    What differences in the friction factor were observed between the various groove texture patterns, and how did it affect the overall lubrication performance?

    • Avatar Of Mr Cfd Support

      MR CFD Support

      Unfortunately, as I don’t have access to proprietary information from a simulation conducted by MR CFD Company, I’m unable to provide direct observations of specific results, such as differences in the friction factor between the groove textures. However, in general, CFD simulations of this nature would show that differing groove textures can lead to variations in lubricant flow, which affects the distribution and thickness of the lubricant film, and consequently, impact the friction factor and lubrication performance.

  10. Avatar Of Demarco Monahan

    Demarco Monahan

    This CFD simulation training module on lubrication and piston-ring pack friction seems super thorough. The inclusion of different groove textures and a detailed explanation of their angles is beneficial for practical understanding. It was impressive equipping the grooves with density fixes according to the angles — how thoughtfully the concepts are delivered while balancing technical accuracy!

    • Avatar Of Mr Cfd Support

      MR CFD Support

      Thank you for your positive feedback! We’re glad that the thoroughness and detail provided in the training module were helpful to you. It’s our goal to deliver not just conceptually accurate but also technically precise education material that assists in practical understanding. If you have any more thoughts or need further clarifications, feel free to reach out to us.

  11. Avatar Of Joana Lowe

    Joana Lowe

    The training product sounds incredibly detailed. It’s fantastic to see the application of CFD to such specific mechanical engineering problems. I appreciate the comprehensive approach to understanding the impact of groove patterns on lubrication efficiency.

    • Avatar Of Mr Cfd Support

      MR CFD Support

      We’re delighted to hear that you found the training detailed and useful. Understanding the intricate details of mechanical engineering through the lens of computational fluid dynamics is a core objective of our offerings. Thank you for taking the time to share your positive feedback.

  12. Avatar Of Lindsay Gibson

    Lindsay Gibson

    The product offered very clear insights and the simulation process was detailed incredibly well. Great learning about how different groove textures can impact friction coefficients in a simulation scenario. Included visual aids helped solidify my understanding. Excellent quality of the tutorial for engineering applications.

    • Avatar Of Mr Cfd Support

      MR CFD Support

      Thank you for your kind words. We are so glad to hear that our tutorial on lubrication and different groove textures in simulation was helpful to you. Our goal is to provide comprehensive and accessible training for complex engineering concepts, and your comment reassures us that we’re on the right track. If there’s any additional learning material or assistance you require, please feel free to reach out!

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