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Chemical Effects in the Boundary Lubrication of Aluminium


CHEMICAL effects in boundary lubrication have been the subject of a considerable amount of investigation. In the case of aluminium, Shaw1 attempted to relate the reactivity observed on immersion of aluminium disks in boiling organic liquids to the lubricating ability of these liquids when they were used as cutting fluids. Tingle2 measured the coefficient of friction of surfaces which had been shaved under various chemicals, and, on the basis of the coefficient, ascribed an order of reactivity. Neither method succeeded in unambiguously relating the surface chemistry to lubrication chemistry.

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PIERRE, L., OWENS, R. & KLINT, R. Chemical Effects in the Boundary Lubrication of Aluminium. Nature 202, 1204–1205 (1964).

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