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Moly Disulfide in Bolting Applications

[+] Author Affiliations
Donald Oldiges

Jet-Lube, Inc., Rockwall, TX

Scott Hamilton

Hex Technology, Austin, TX

Paper No. PVP2016-63361, pp. V003T03A007; 8 pages
  • ASME 2016 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 3: Design and Analysis
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 17–21, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5039-8
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is a popular lubricant, however a study completed in the early 1990’s stated that this type of lubricant can lead to stress corrosion cracking (SSCC) of the bolting materials. However, over the past 20 years, many bolting applications using molybdenum disulfide based compounds have been found to provide better galling resistance to the bolt assembly than many other components. It has also been shown to have a few other less desirable traits such as potential for corrosion in specific environments. Therefore, for successful bolting applications one must consider all the pros and cons of the anti-seize compound they select. One of the negative properties of molybdenum compounds is their link to SSCC on some alloys in specific environmental conditions. This paper focuses on corrosion potential.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME



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