Effect of surface roughness on film formation properties of screw tightening lubricant PIB

Takefumi Otsu, Kyoichi Komatsu, Shinji Hashimura

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This paper describes the film formation properties of polyisobutylene (PIB) lubricant under various surface roughness conditions. PIB lubricant has been proposed as a new type of screw tightening lubricant, however the lubrication mechanism in the screw tightening process is yet to be understood. In this study, the in-situ observation tests were conducted under the starved lubrication condition, in which a thin film lubrication regime was simulated. The results showed that film thickness was greater than the surface roughness. Under the high roughness conditions, the time at which direct contact was prevented was shorter. In addition, the occurrence of wear was related to the lambda ratio Λ and under the high roughness conditions, the friction coefficient increased with time owing to expansion of the wear area. It was also shown that under the fully starved condition, the shear stress did not depend on the shear rate, moreover, its value was constant under all roughness conditions. These results suggest that (i) solid-like PIB film was formed on the contact area under the starved condition and (ii) the formation of a film with a high limiting shear stress potentially inhibits wear. These results were consistent with the results of a tightening test.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalTribology International
Volume136
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug 1

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screws
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surface roughness
Surface roughness
Lubrication
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Shear stress
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shear stress
Shear deformation
Film thickness
Friction
coefficient of friction
Thin films
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Keywords

  • Lambda ratio
  • Lubricant
  • Polyisobutylene
  • Screw tightening
  • Shear properties
  • Solidification
  • Starvation
  • Surface roughness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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Effect of surface roughness on film formation properties of screw tightening lubricant PIB. / Otsu, Takefumi; Komatsu, Kyoichi; Hashimura, Shinji.

In: Tribology International, Vol. 136, 01.08.2019, p. 1-12.

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