In previous work it was shown that some functionalized polymers used as viscosity index improvers are able to form thick boundary lubricating films. This behavior results from adsorption of the polymer on metal surfaces to form a layer of enhanced viscosity adjacent to the surface. In the current work the behavior of one such polymer in rough surface contact conditions is studied, using both model and real rough surfaces. It is found that the polymer is able to form a thick boundary film in rough surface contact, just as it does with smooth surfaces. It is also shown that the effect of this boundary film is to significantly reduce friction in rolling-sliding, rough surface, lubricated contact.
Lubrication of Rough Surfaces by a Boundary Film-Forming Viscosity Modifier Additive
Manuscript received December 9, 2003; revision received June 8, 2004. Review conducted by: S. Wu.
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Glovnea , R. P., Olver , A. V., and Spikes , H. A. (February 7, 2005). "Lubrication of Rough Surfaces by a Boundary Film-Forming Viscosity Modifier Additive ." ASME. J. Tribol. January 2005; 127(1): 223–229. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1828069
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