What is it about?

This is a synergetic study of the affects of surface texturing and MoDDP additives when used in ball-on-disk combination to study friction during flooded and starved lubrication operational conditions.

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Why is it important?

20% of energy is utilised in overcoming friction within interacting components, by taking advantage of new surface and lubrication technology savings of 8.7% of GDP could be realised [Friction 5(3): 263–284 (2017)].


This paper reports novel work on the design of lubricated interacting surfaces. This research was funded by Shell Global and NSFC and was jointly conducted with Tsinghua University Beijing (THE 22nd globally). This paper provides optimised surface texturing solutions. Optimised texturing will both reduce friction and prolong service life this in turn contributes directly to the above cost savings.

Professor Zulfiqar Ahmad Khan
NanoCorr, Energy & Modelling Research Group, Bournemouth University

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This page is a summary of: The Synergetic Effects of Surface Texturing and MoDDP Additive Applied to Ball-on-Disk Friction Subject to Both Flooded and Starved Lubrication Conditions, Tribology Letters, November 2017, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s11249-017-0949-y.
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