Special Issue "Tribological Performance of Textured Surfaces"

A special issue of Lubricants (ISSN 2075-4442).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Pawel Pawlus

Rzeszow University of Technology, Powstancow Warszawy 8 Street, 35-959 Rzeszow, Poland
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Interests: surface effects in tribology; surface texturing; fretting; contact mechanics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Surface texturing is an option for reducing the friction of sliding elements in the presence of a lubricant. Dimples (oil pockets, cavities) act as additional reservoirs for lubricants under starved lubricating conditions and traps for wear debris in dry or lubricating sliding; they can also serve as micro-hydrodynamic bearings under full or mixed lubrication. Surface texturing has been known of for many years. It is possible that plateau honing of cylinder liners was the earliest and the most familiar application of surface texturing. Laser texturing is the most common method for the creation of dimples; this method is accessible, precise and easy. A laser is extremely fast and provides excellent control of  the shape and sizes of dimples. Different methods of texturing, such as burnishing (embossing), etching, electron and ion beam texturing,  electric discharge machining, electrochemical machining, abrasive jet machining, honing, drilling, turning, grinding, mechanical polishing, or a combination of these methods, are also possible. Each of these methods has its own advantages and disadvantages. Applications of surface texturing can be found in engine components, disk brakes, bearing and seals, manufacturing tools, biomechanical devices and computer disk drives. Most studies have shown a beneficial effect of surface texturing on the tribological performance of sliding elements. However, apart from successful cases, some  publications also demonstrated detrimental effects of textured surfaces. The design of testures should be carefully done, because surface texturing adds to fabrication costs.

This Special Issue aims at the latest advances in the field of tribological performance of surface texturing under dry and lubricated contacts. Boundary, mixed, hydrodynamic and elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication will be taken into consideration. Contributions dealing with theoretical and experimental studies on surface texturing tribological effects, including successful and unsuccessful cases, are welcome. We are looking forward to receiving your submissions.

Prof. Dr. Pawel Pawlus
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • surface texturing
  • dry contact
  • lubricated contact
  • friction
  • wear
  • modelling
  • experiment

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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