Platform for Modeling the Boundary Lubrication of Nominally Flat Metallic Contacts

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L. Chang

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering,  The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802

J. Tribol 128(3), 677-680 (Mar 27, 2006) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2198209 History: Received December 20, 2005; Revised March 27, 2006

This short paper describes a theoretical platform for modeling the boundary lubrication of nominally flat metallic contacts. The platform is of a general structure with four interrelated modules, each governing one of the four key processes of the problem. It is envisioned to be open ended allowing individual modules to be updated and/or replaced. The product and the outcome may provide an infrastructure for fundamental research in boundary lubrication among theoreticians and experimentalists and across several science/engineering disciplines.

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Grahic Jump Location
Figure 1

Microcontacts at surface asperities (heights of the surface roughness are much magnified)

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Figure 2

Interrelation of asperity-level triboprocesses



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