Special Issue "Tribofilms and Solid Lubrication"
A special issue of Lubricants (ISSN 2075-4442).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2016).
Interests: nanocharacterization of materials; subsurface microstructural analysis; tribofilm functionality; dry friction applications
Interests: tribology; tribofilm; polymer composites
Despite of the appreciated benefits of using lubricating oils or greases, many tribological applications require dry conditions, or, for another class of applications, it is necessary that the systems work reliably under both wet and dry conditions. Examples of technical devices depending on a predictable and reliable coefficient of friction (COF) without taking credit of hydrodynamic lubrication are given in the following (in the order of decreasing COF): brakes, clutches, tire-road contact, wheel-rail contact, bearings, space applications, hard disks for data storage.
The specific challenge of friction control during dry or mixed lubricating conditions is triggering the formation of a third body, which provides the desired friction behavior, and protects first body surfaces from being worn severely. In contrast to oil-lubricated systems, a certain amount of wear is desired and necessary for obtaining enough third body material for screening the contacting surfaces. Ideally, such systems are self-healing, i.e., if surface films get lost a new film will form from wear products of the underlying substrates. Solid lubricants, either incorporated in first body materials, or applied as coatings, play an important role in stabilizing the COF at a desired level.
This Special Issue will examine current advances and future trends of solid lubricant usage in dry friction applications. Contributions from both academic and industrial research are welcome. The papers should either aid obtaining a better understanding of tribofilm functionalities or give insight into new concepts for smart materials for dry friction applications.
Prof. Dr. Ga Zhang
Dr. Werner Oesterle
Manuscript Submission Information
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- solid lubricants
- friction modifiers
- friction materials
- antifriction materials
- transfer films
- third body
- wear reduction