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Molecular Mechanisms of Anti-Wear Pad Formation and Functionality

[+] Author Affiliations
Nicholas J. Mosey, Martin H. Müser, Tom K. Woo

University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada

Paper No. WTC2005-63954, pp. 655-656; 2 pages
doi:10.1115/WTC2005-63954
From:
  • World Tribology Congress III
  • World Tribology Congress III, Volume 1
  • Washington, D.C., USA, September 12–16, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Tribology Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4201-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3767-X
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME

abstract

Wear limits the lifespan of many mechanical devices with moving parts. To reduce wear, lubricants are frequently enriched with additives that form protective pads on rubbing surfaces. With first-principles molecular dynamics simulations of pads derived from commercial additives, namely zinc-phosphates, we unravel the molecular origin of how anti-wear pads can form and function. These effects originate from pressure-induced changes in the coordination number of atoms acting as cross-linking agents, in this case zinc, to form chemically connected networks. The proposed mechanism explains a diverse body of experiments and promises to prove useful in the rational design of anti-wear additives that operate on a wider range of surface materials with reduced environmental side-effects.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Wear , Mechanisms

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