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How to evaluate solid lubricant films using a pin-on-disk tribometerOver the years, the author has evaluated and compared hundreds of solid lubricant films using a pin-on-disk tribometer. The intent of this paper is to describe to the reader experimental techniques and some of parameters that have been observed to be important for the evaluation and development of new solid lubricant films. Pin-on-disk tribometers will be described and discussed as will experimental methods for evaluating solid lubricant materials. Methods of preparing surfaces for the coating of the thin films and different methods for applying the films will be reviewed. Factors that affect solid lubricant performance will also be discussed. Two different macroscopic mechanisms of solid lubricant film wear exist. These will be characterized schematically, and methods of measuring wear will be examined.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Fusaro, R. L.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1986
Subject Category
Nonmetallic Materials
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:87236
Meeting Information
1986 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Lubrication Engineers(Toronto, Ontario)
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Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 505-63-01
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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