Bearing steels suffer from degradation of mechanical properties when atomic hydrogen diffuses into the steel from the contact surface. In rolling contact fatigue tests this can lead to a significant reduction in fatigue life of the specimens as the amount of hydrogen diffused into the steel increases. To mitigate this challenge, synthetic oils of different chemistry have been studied so as to identify their efficiency and mechanism of retarding or preventing hydrogen permeation. Thrust bearing type tests were conducted with three synthetic base oils. The effect of base oil chemistry on hydrogen generation and permeation in bearing steel was explored by relating the concentration of hydrogen species in specimens with changes in the surface and subsurface of the wear track and the condition of the oil.
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- Chemical Engineering(all)