The lamellar-type solid lubricants are readily available in a form of platelets. The diameter and thickness of these platelets are typically up to tens of microns and few microns, respectively, which are classified as micro-platelets. Some of these platelets are also available as nano-platelets whose thickness is well below a micron (even to few nanometers). In the previous work, the vegetable oil mixed with nano-platelets was enormously effective for Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL) machining. Clearly, the micro-platelets are not as inexpensive. In addition, the mixtures with the micro-platelets are not as stable as those with the nano-platelets. This paper intends to find the effect of the thickness differential on these platelets in MQL machining. The tribometer test shows that the nano-platelets are much more effective than the micro-platelets in reducing wear without changing the friction. With the MQL ball mill experiment, the micro-platelets present in MQL oil increased the tool wear, even compared to the traditional MQL with pure oil only. Thus, the thickness of the nano-platelets holds an important characteristic to enhance MQL-based machining.
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A Critical Factor in Enhancement of MQL Lubricants: Platelet Thickness
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Nguyen, TK, Kwon, PY, & Park, K. "A Critical Factor in Enhancement of MQL Lubricants: Platelet Thickness." Proceedings of the ASME 2013 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference collocated with the 41st North American Manufacturing Research Conference. Volume 2: Systems; Micro and Nano Technologies; Sustainable Manufacturing. Madison, Wisconsin, USA. June 10–14, 2013. V002T03A014. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/MSEC2013-1145
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