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Influence of Surface Texture on Micro EHL in Boundary Regime Sliding

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Robert Erck, Oyelayo O. Ajayi, Cinta Lorenzo-Martin, George R. Fenske

Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL

Paper No. IJTC2012-61065, pp. 97-99; 3 pages
  • ASME/STLE 2012 International Joint Tribology Conference
  • ASME/STLE 2012 International Joint Tribology Conference
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, October 7–10, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Tribology Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4508-0
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


A hard steel ball was slid against textured coated and uncoated steel disks that had strongly directionally ground surfaces. The friction coefficient during ball-on-disk rotating low-speed lubricated sliding was continuously measured. The coefficient of friction rose from ≈ 0.12, which is typical for boundary lubrication regime, to as high as 0.45 whenever the ball was sliding parallel to the grinding ridges on the disc surface. The persistence of this “spike” in the friction was observed to be correlated with the hardness of the disc surface and the nature of the coating. We propose that the frictional spike is due to loss of micro-elastohydrodynamic lubrication, combined with side leakage, leading to intimate asperity-asperity contact. As a result, the coefficient of friction is close to that which is obtained there is no or minimal lubrication. This conclusion is supported by enhanced and persistent frictional spikes in tests conducted with discs coated with a very hard nitride thin film, and constant friction for a disk coated with hydrogenated amorphous carbon, which has low coefficient of friction when there is no/minimal lubrication.

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