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Evaluation of Friction and Wear Behavior of Date Palm Fruit Syrup as an Environmentally Friendly Lubricant

Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Mineral, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia
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Materials 2019, 12(10), 1589; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12101589
Received: 17 April 2019 / Revised: 12 May 2019 / Accepted: 14 May 2019 / Published: 15 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tribology: Friction and Wear of Engineering Materials)
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Abstract

The effect of various operational factors, such as sliding speed, normal load and temperature on the tribological properties of Date palm fruit syrup (DPFS) as an environmentally friendly lubricant, is investigated. Ball-on-disc wear tests are conducted on mild steel samples in the presence of DPFS as a lubricant under different conditions and the coefficient of friction and wear rate are measured. Scanning electron microscopy, stylus profilometry, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy are used to evaluate the wear tracks to determine the underlying wear mechanisms. Results showed that DPFS has excellent tribological properties in terms of low friction and low wear rates making it a potential candidate to be used as a lubricant in tribological applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: date palm fruit syrup; environmentally friendly; tribology; friction; wear; FT-IR date palm fruit syrup; environmentally friendly; tribology; friction; wear; FT-IR
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Tahir, M.; Mohammed, A.S.; Muhammad, U.A. Evaluation of Friction and Wear Behavior of Date Palm Fruit Syrup as an Environmentally Friendly Lubricant. Materials 2019, 12, 1589.

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