Lamellar lubrication in vivo and vitro: Friction testing of hexagonal boron nitride

Z. Pawlak, R. Pai, E. Bayraktar, T. Kaldonski, A. Oloyede

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Phospholipid molecules (PLs) in vivo and graphite, molybdenum disulfide, tungsten disulfide and hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) in vitro are good examples of frictionless lubricants. PLs and solid materials have the ability to form multi-bilayer or layered structures similar to lamellate solid. It has been confirmed experimentally that PLs as lamellar lubricants protect the surface of joints against wear while acting as frictionless lubricant. An experimental study has been conducted on the friction properties of h-boron nitride on porous non-full journal bearings. The porous non-full journal bearings were a mixture of 97.5 wt.% Fe and 2.5 wt.% Cu powder, and compressed to a density of 5.9 g/cm3. The porosity of non-full journal bearings were15.5 and 27.8 wt.% and were impregnated with vaseline and vaseline + 5 wt.% h-BN. Additionally, the two additives SFR NLGI #2 (or SFR 2522) grease and graphite grease were used for comparison to h-BN. The tribological tests were performed on a four-ball machine under load of 49 daN, and a friction tribotester. The above experiment strongly suggested that h-BN has the ability to lubricate under load with very low friction coefficient comparable to phospholipids. Relatively low surface energy and low adhesion between the crystallites are giving the additives low friction coefficient. The results of the experimental studies showed that h-BN as an additive in vaseline possesses friction reducing properties, and excellent anti-wear properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-208
Number of pages7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-12-2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Applied Mathematics


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