Purdue University

Purdue University

Mechanical Engineering
Tribology Laboratory

Niel Paulson

imagePh.D. Student
B.S., Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham MA, 2011

Office Address:
585 Purdue Mall
ME Room# G005
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Office Phone: 765-494-0308

email: npaulson@purdue.edu




Cam Follower Skidding

This purpose of this study is to understand the causes and extent of skidding in cam-roller follower contact and to develop an analytical model to describe these phenomena. Skidding in cam-follower contact creates significant increases in the wear and leads to premature failure of the components. A test rig is currently under construction capable of measuring roller speed as well as cam speed, shaft torque, and follower load. The test rig will also be capable of varying the lubrication pressure, lubrication temperature, follower loading, and camshaft speed. A kinematic model of cam and follower motion has been developed to support and further develop the experimental research into cam and follower motion.

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