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Designing new lubricant additives using biomimetics

Morina, A., Liskiewicz, T. and Neville, A. (2006) Designing new lubricant additives using biomimetics. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, 87. pp. 157-166. ISSN 1743-3541


Nature produces some complex nanocomposite structures having the following properties, self-healing capability, functional gradation and smartness. These properties are all required of tribofilms in the field of lubrication technology where their structure, formation and removal rate and smartness are key to their ability to maintain fuel economy and durability. In this paper the potential for using biomimetic principles in the field of tribology and specifically as a means of improving tribological performance in the boundary lubrication regime is investigated. The paper initially describes the challenges associated with operating tribological contacts in the boundary lubrication regime, assesses the need for new approaches to lubrication and gives a preliminary appraisal of biomimetic principles applied to this engineering problem.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Permission sought.
Keywords: biomimetics, tribology, tribofilm, TRIZ, bionanocomposites
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Mechanical Engineering (Leeds) > Institute of Engineering Thermofluids, Surfaces & Interfaces (iETSI) (Leeds)
Depositing User: Mrs Fiona Slade
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2008 17:38
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2014 09:39
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.2495/DN060151
Status: Published
Publisher: WIT Press
Identification Number: 10.2495/DN060151
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4937

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