The ability to predict surface roughness effects is now well established for gas bearings that satisfy the requirements for either high wave number–limited or high bearing number–limited conditions. However, depending on the parameters involved, a given bearing configuration may not satisfy either of these limited requirements for analysis of roughness effects. Well-established methods for the analysis of surface roughness effects on gas lubrication are not yet available outside of these two limited regions. With that as motivation, this paper then reports an analytical investigation of rough surface gas-bearing effects for the region bounded on one side by high wave number–limited conditions and on the other by high bearing number–limited effects. It emphasizes the gas-bearing region, where shear-driven flow rate and pressure-driven flow rate due to surface roughness are of the same order of magnitude. This paper makes use of the compressible continuum form of the Reynolds equation of lubrication together with multiple-scale analysis to formulate a governing lubrication equation appropriate for the analysis of striated roughness effects collectively subject to high bearing number (Λ), high inverse roughness length scale (β), and unity order of magnitude-modified bearing number based on roughness length scale (Λ2=Λ/β=O(1)). The resulting lubrication equation is applicable for both moving and stationary roughness and can be applied in either averaged or un-averaged form. Several numerical examples and comparisons are presented. Among them are results that illustrate an increased sensitivity of bearing force to modified bearing number for Λ2=O(1). With Λ2 in this range, bearings with either moving or stationary roughness exhibit increased force sensitivities, but the effects act in opposite ways. That is, while an increase in modified bearing number causes a decrease in force for stationary roughness, the same increase in modified bearing number causes an increase in force for moving roughness.

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