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Title: In-situ interface chemical characterisation of a boundary lubricated contact
Author: Rai, Yugal
ISNI:       0000 0004 5923 432X
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2015
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An increasing demand for improved fuel efficiency and more reliable automotive engines has seen a number of approaches made to further improve the tribological performance in automotive engine parts. Engine oil lubricants extend the life of the moving parts operating under different conditions and also preventing any damages to these parts. However, although its applications are beneficial towards the moving parts, the environmental implications of these lubricants are somewhat harmful, leading to stricter regulations against its emissions. Strict emission requirements have led to a greater interest in understanding the tribological performance of these lubricant additives. Hence, in order to develop more environmentally friendly additives, it is necessary to understand the tribochemical mechanism that occur at the lubricated systems. However, to date despite considerable efforts, a model to predict friction coefficient is only limited to elastohydrodynamic and hydrodynamic lubrication systems. Under boundary and mixed lubrication conditions, the friction and wear behaviour of the tribological system are characterised by the surface asperities of real contact and with the formation of thin surface films. Thus, sophisticated and reliable experimental techniques are required to investigate and assess the tribological systems under this conditions. In-situ approaches can greatly enhance our understanding on the progressive developments between the contacting interfaces, including the detailed chemical, structural and physical interactions governing friction and wear. The research focuses on developing a methodology for in situ and real time boundary lubricated surface optical and chemical characterisation with the aid of Raman Spectroscopy. The techniques are developed with the lubricant additive of Molybdenum Dialkyldithiocarbamate (MoDTC) and used to experimentally evaluate the interface phenomena occurring in a bench tribometer. MoDTC under defined tribological conditions forms MoS2 tribofilms which reduces friction. Surface analytical methodology of ex-situ and in-situ analysis is applied for the lubricant additive to understand the tribochemical process occurring at the tribological contacts.
Supervisor: Morina, Ardian ; Neville, Anne Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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