What Are Lubricants?

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What Are Lubricants?
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<h1>Definition</h1> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lubricant is a substance which is used to control (more often to reduce) <a href="http://www.tribonet.org/wiki/friction/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">friction</a> and <a href="http://www.tribonet.org/wiki/wear/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">wear</a> of the surfaces in a contact of the bodies in relative motion. Depending on its nature, lubricants are also used to eliminate heat and <a href="http://www.tribonet.org/wiki/wear-particles/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">wear debris</a>, supply additives into the contact, transmit power, protect, seal. A lubricant can be in liquid (oil, water, etc.), solid (graphite, graphene, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molybdenum_disulfide" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">molybdenum disulfide</a>), gaseous (air) or even semisolid (grease) forms. Most of lubricants often contain additives ()</p> <h1>Evolution of Lubricants</h1> <p style="text-align: justify;">The history of lubricants started thousands years ago, as early as in 2400 BC (and possibly earlier) an <a href="http://www.tribonet.org/tribology-history/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Egyptian statue to the grave of Tehuti-Hetep, El-Bersheh</a> was transported with the aid of liquid (oil/water) lubricant in order to reduce friction between sledge and ground/sand. By 1400 BC Egyptians used animal fat to lubricate chariot axles. However, the solid theoretical understanding of the lubricant action was only possible with the development of the viscous flow laws discovered by Sir Isaac Newton in 1687. Based on the laws of viscous flow, Professor Osborne Reynolds developed the <a href="http://www.tribonet.org/wiki/reynolds-equation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">classical equation of thin film lubrication</a>. This equation is the basis of the classical hydrodynamic lubrication theory and is the most widely used theory of lubrication.</p> <h1 style="text-align: justify;">Lubrication Mechanisms</h1> All the surfaces in nature are rough, at least microscopically (or even at atomic level). When two rough surfaces slide against each other (or roll) the asperities of the surfaces come close to each other and interlock, adhere and generate <a href="http://www.tribonet.org/wiki/friction/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">friction</a>. The goal of any lubrication approach is to separate the rubbing surfaces by a lubricant layer, which prevents (or at least minimizes) direct contact of the bodies as shown in the figure below. By choosing appropriate lubricant, the friction and wear of the materials can be controlled. [caption id="attachment_2834" align="aligncenter" width="550"]<img class="wp-image-2834 size-full" src="http://www.tribonet.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Oil-Film-Lubication.jpg" alt="Oil Film Lubication" width="550" height="300" data-wp-pid="2834" /> Hydrodynamic Lubrication Principle. Courtesy for the image: <a href="http://reliabilitylink.com/machinery-wear-eliminate/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">reliabilitylink.com</a>[/caption] <h1 style="text-align: justify;">Types of Lubricants</h1> Lubricants can be classified by their state into following groups: <ul> <li>liquid lubricants: all liquid lubricants, including mineral, natural, synthetic oils, emulsions, etc.</li> <li>solid lubricants: all lubricants in solid form, including powders, coatings and composites (graphite, p<span class="mw-headline"><span class="mw-headline">olytetrafluorethylene, </span></span><span id="Molybdenum_disulfide" class="mw-headline">Molybdenum disulfide, etc.</span>)</li> <li>gaseous lubricants: typically its air, but can be any other gas.</li> <li>semisolid lubricants: <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grease_(lubricant)" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">greases</a>, generally consists of a <a title="Soap" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soap">soap</a> <a title="Emulsion" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emulsion">emulsified</a> with <a title="Mineral oil" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral_oil">mineral</a> or <a title="Vegetable oil" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetable_oil">vegetable oil</a>.</li> </ul> Lubricants can also be classified by their main function: <ul> <li>Anti-wear additives (AW): reduces wear by the growth of protective layer on the surfaces (zinc dialkyldithiophosphate).</li> <li>Extreme pressure additives (EP): protects the components from seizure by the formation of the coating on the surfaces (graphite, molybdenum disulfide).</li> <li>Friction modifiers: used to control friction, typically made of solid particles (graphite, molybdenum disulfide, tungsten disulfide, etc.).</li> <li>Corrosion inhibitors: protects the surfaces from the attack of chemically active substances, such as oxygen, by creating a corrosion resistant layer.</li> <li>Viscosity Index Improvers: used to prevent or minimize a decrease of the viscosity index of lubricants at higher temperatures.</li> </ul> Oil lubricants are also frequently classified into mineral (crude oil) and synthetic (man made or altered, with defined structure) oils. 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