Special Issue "Lubricants"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2010)
Prof. Dr. Maria Dolores Bermudez (Website)
Materials Science and Engineering Research Group, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering Department, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT), 30203 Cartagena, Spain
Interests: tribology; surface science; friction; wear; lubricants and additives; metallic alloys; ceramics; polymers; nanomaterials and nanocomposites
The traditional role of lubricants was to protect and increase the service life of mechanisms, devices and components. Today customer-designed lubricants must take into account environmental, health and energy consumption issues.
Scientists and engineers now dispose of a battery of surface and chemical analysis tools which enable them to try to comprehend the micro- and nanomechanisms operating at the sliding contacts, including lubricant-surface interactions, tribochemistry and tribocorrosion processes. The new advances in synthesis and instrumentation have open the era of nanomaterials and nanolubricants, where solid nanophases or lubricant dispersed nanophases are used as lubricants.
Additives are materials or molecules that improve the performance of lubricants. Advances have been recently made on the use of so-called ‘ordered fluids’, such as mesophases and room temperature ionic liquids both as neat lubricants and lubricant additives.
From the materials point of view, effective lubrication of light alloys and some polymers remains a challenge. Finally, lubrication under extreme conditions such as high temperature, cryogenic conditions or high vacuum is a determining technology for advanced industrial and aerospace applications.
This special issue on Lubricants should cover the present moment and future developments in the field lubricant development and application.
Prof. Dr. Maria Dolores Bermudez
- sliding friction
- sliding wear
- lubricated wear
- boundary lubrication
- lubricant additives
- solid lubricants
- surface topography
- surface analysis