Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11249-010-9610-8
Title: Nanocomposite UHMWPE-CNT polymer coatings for boundary lubrication on aluminium substrates
Authors: Abdul Samad, M. 
Sinha, S.K. 
Keywords: Boundary lubrication
Polymer films
Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs)
Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Citation: Abdul Samad, M., Sinha, S.K. (2010-06). Nanocomposite UHMWPE-CNT polymer coatings for boundary lubrication on aluminium substrates. Tribology Letters 38 (3) : 301-311. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11249-010-9610-8
Abstract: The boundary lubrication regime plays a very important role in determining the life span of any of the two mating parts under liquid-lubricated conditions. It is during the start\stop cycles when insufficient fluid is available to fully separate the surfaces in relative motion and thus unusual wear takes place; a case of boundary lubrication. The aim of this work is to study the feasibility of using polymer coatings as boundary lubricants. This study investigates the friction and wear properties of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) films coated on aluminium substrates under dry and base oil (without any additives)-lubricated conditions. In order to increase the load bearing capacity of the UHMWPE coatings, 0.1 wt% of single-walled carbon nanotubes are added. Experiments are carried out on a custom-built tribometer simulating a line contact between a polymer-coated cylindrical Al surface (shaft) and a flat uncoated Al plate as the counterface. The experimental parameters such as the normal load and the sliding speed are selected to simulate the boundary and mixed lubrication regimes for comparison purposes. Specific wear rates of the polymer films and bare Al surface under lubricated conditions are also calculated. Stribeck curves have been generated to evaluate the effectiveness of the pristine UHMWPE and the nanocomposite coatings in the various regimes of lubrication, especially the boundary lubrication regime. It is observed that the selected polymer coatings are effective in protecting the metallic surfaces without causing any observable oil contamination with wear debris. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Source Title: Tribology Letters
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/82739
ISSN: 10238883
DOI: 10.1007/s11249-010-9610-8
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