A top-down approach is employed to investigate the tribological effect of adding nanographite platelets (NGPs) to mineral base oil (MBO). The performance of the NGP-modified MBO was evaluated by examining the friction and anti-wear properties. Four different types of NGPs produced by two different processes were employed. The optimal NGP-modified MBO attained a significant wear and friction reduction when compared with the MBO without NGPs. The process used to exfoliate the graphite nanoplatelet samples provided better wear properties because of the graphene layers' smoother sliding mechanism. Graphene layers seeped inside the groove marks to keep the friction coefficient low.
Tribological Investigation of Nanographite Platelets as Additive in Anti-Wear Lubricant: A Top-Down Approach
Contributed by the Tribology Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF TRIBOLOGY. Manuscript received December 26, 2013; final manuscript received April 14, 2014; published online May 7, 2014. Assoc. Editor: Dae-Eun Kim.
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Vidal, F. A. C., and Ávila, A. F. (May 7, 2014). "Tribological Investigation of Nanographite Platelets as Additive in Anti-Wear Lubricant: A Top-Down Approach." ASME. J. Tribol. July 2014; 136(3): 031603. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4027479
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