This study investigates the relationship between the molecular structure of lubricants and the appearance of anomalous film shapes in elastohydrodynamic lubrication conditions. A ball-on-disc type test rig was used, which produced a point contact area between a rotating glass disc and rotating steel ball. Several pure liquids such as alkanes, alcohols, and others with a single polar site were used as lubricants. Linear chain lubricants caused solid-like behaviour in the film formation, traction coefficient and flow out time of entrapped lubricant in shock loading tests whereas complexly shaped lubricants caused liquid-like behaviour. The clear dependence on lubricant type appears to indicate that the anomalous film shapes formed due to the solidification of the lubricant.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films