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Nanodiamonds slip n' slide

wallpapers News 2020-12-16
Scientists tested the performance of a dry, oil-free lubricant that could improve efficiency and decrease waste in industrial machinery. The dry solid lubricant includes diamond nanoparticles Applied Physics Letters, "Superlubricity in rolling/sliding contacts". It creates a surface coating that reduces friction 20-fold compared to oil-based lubricants. Bearings and gears are critical components in machines such as wind turbines and automobile engines and transmissions. These machines often require oil-based lubricants. These lubricants must be replaced when they break down. This reduces overall productivity and generates hazardous waste. Dry, oil-free lubricant alternatives can help improve energy efficiency by working better than oil-based lubricants. They can also reduce the adverse environmental effects of replacing lubricants. Transmission electron microscopy depicts wear debris from tests with the solid lubricant consisting of a nanodiamonds, b amorphous carbon, and c molybdenum disulfide iwith nanodiamonds. © AIP Publishing Due to high contact pressure and sliding velocity, bearings and gears often experience significant wear, such as the formation of micro-scale pits on the surface of the machinery. Traditionally, machinery uses oil-based lubricants to reduce wear. Oil-based lubricants are sometimes improved by using diamond-like carbon DLC coatings. DLCs help to mitigate macro- and micro pitting in oil-lubricated contacts. This study went one step further by testing the potential of nanoscale solid lubricants along with DLC in a completely dry, oil-free environment for the first time. Nanoscale solid lubricants are made of tiny particles measuring just billionths of a meter. For this study, the scientists designed a micro-pitting rig to test the performance of DLC, in combination with two-dimensional molybdenum-disulfide materials and nanodiamonds. The combined material is a potential oil-free lubricant in dry conditions. The scientists also used facilities at the Center for Nanoscale Materials, a Department of Energy Office of Science user facility, to conduct Raman microscopy, scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-Ray spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy characterization of the lubricants and surface wear in the experiment. The experiment demonstrated that under dry conditions, the solid lubricant achieved superlubricity near-zero friction by creating a carbon-rich layer between sliding surfaces. The lubricant reduced traction by about 13 times compared to a previous oil-lubricated micro-pitting rig test. Additionally, compared to steel-on-steel contacts lubricated with oil, the dry lubricants reduced traction by at least 20 times. These results indicate the new solid lubricant could dramatically reduce wear and improve the efficiency of machinery.
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