Thermal transport and tribological properties of nanogreases for metal-mechanic applications

Laura Peña Parás, Jaime Taha-Tijerina, Demófilo Maldonado Cortés, Andres Garcia, A Najera, Pablo Cantú, D Ortiz

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This study investigates the effect of incorporating nanoparticles - TiO2, Al2O3, CuO, and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) - within greases Mobilgrease 28 and Uniflor 8623B on their thermal transport and tribological properties. Nanoparticle filler fractions, varying from 0.01 to 0.10wt%, were homogeneously dispersed within selected greases. Two tribological tests were performed on a four-ball tribotester; ASTM D5183, and the ITeEPib Polish method for testing lubricants under scuffing conditions. Anti-wear properties resulted in up to 20% wear scar diameter (WSD) reduction using a very low filler fraction of 0.01wt% TiO2. For the extreme pressure test, the increase on the load-carrying capacity was found to be ~19% with a filler fraction of 0.05wt% CuO. A guarded hot-plate method-based apparatus was used in order to characterize thermal conductivity of nanogreases, showing an enhancement of ~28% in thermal conductivity with the addition of 0.10wt% MWNTs. These results demonstrate the potential of nanoparticle additives for improving thermal properties of greases while decreasing friction and wear of mechanical components.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1322-1326
Number of pages5
Issue numberMay - June
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM) VIAC grant UIN13065 . Authors acknowledge ITESM, CIMAV, and SIEMENS for supplying the greases for this research. Authors acknowledge Zygmunt Haduch + for his contribution to this work.

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© 2015 Elsevier B.V.

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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