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Lubricant Degradation and Related Wear of a Steel Pin in Lubricated Sliding Against a Steel Disc

Singh, Archana and Gandra, Ravi T and Schneider, Eric W and Biswas, Sanjay K (2011) Lubricant Degradation and Related Wear of a Steel Pin in Lubricated Sliding Against a Steel Disc. In: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 3 (7). pp. 2512-2521.

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Official URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/am200375a

Abstract

In lubricated sliding contacts, components wear out and the lubricating oil ages with time. The present work explores the interactive influence between lubricant aging and component wear. The flat face of a steel pin is slid against a rotating steel disk under near isothermal conditions while the contact is immersed in a reservoir of lubricant (hexadecane). The chemical changes in the oil with time are measured by vibrational spectroscopy and gas chromatography. The corresponding chemistry of the pin surface is recorded using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy while the morphology of the worn pins; surface and subsurface, are observed using a combination of focused ion beam milling and scanning electron 5 microscopy. When compared to thermal auto-oxidation of the lubricant alone, steel on steel friction and wear are found to accentuate the decomposition of oil and to reduce the beneficial impact of antioxidants. The catalytic action of nascent iron, an outcome of pin wear and disk wear, is shown to contribute to this detrimental effect. Over long periods of sliding, the decomposition products of lubricant aging on their own, as well as in conjunction with their products of reaction with iron, generate a thick tribofilm that is highly protective in terms of friction and wear.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
Keywords: oil oxidation;tribology;reaction kinetics;antioxidant;steel
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Id for Latest eprints
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2011 06:49
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2011 06:49
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/39956

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