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Title: The lubrication of poly(etheretherketone) by an aqueous solution of nattokinase
Authors: Minn, M. 
Sinha, S.K. 
Keywords: Friction
Issue Date: 30-Aug-2012
Citation: Minn, M., Sinha, S.K. (2012-08-30). The lubrication of poly(etheretherketone) by an aqueous solution of nattokinase. Wear 296 : 528-535. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Poly(etheretherketone) (PEEK) is a high strength and high temperature engineering polymer. However, its tribological performance is not very good in its pure form unless fillers or fibers are added to form composites. As polymers are often used for applications where traditional oil based lubrication may become an issue, water-based lubrication is desirable. This paper explores the lubrication performance of a natural fibrinolytic enzyme, nattokinase, found in fermented soybean (natto) in the aqueous solution. Pins of PEEK were slid against a steel disk in a pin-on-disk tester with the aqueous lubrication. The counterface disk material was a tool steel (R a=0.37μm). Tests were conducted at a rotational speed of 100rpm and a normal load of 80N. For comparison, tests were also conducted in NaCl solution. Nattokinase aqueous solution provides a coefficient of friction of 0.2 between PEEK and steel as compared to 0.3-0.35 for dry condition. The specific wear rates of PEEK for dry, deionized water, NaCl solution and aqueous nattokinase solution conditions were 10.5×10 -6, 51.6×10 -6, 228×10 -6 and 8.8×10 -6mm 3/Nm, respectively. The fibrinolytic nattokinase enzyme provides lubricity with alkalinity reducing corrosion and eventually reducing wear. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
Source Title: Wear
ISSN: 00431648
DOI: 10.1016/j.wear.2012.08.008
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