Hyperthermal atomic oxygen interaction with MoS2 lubricants and relevance to space environmental effects in low earth orbit – effects on friction coefficient and wear-life
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- Tagawa, M., Muromoto, M., Hachiue, S. et al. Tribol Lett (2005) 18: 437. doi:10.1007/s11249-004-3594-1
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Wear-life of the MoS2 film was evaluated by in situ tribological testing under 5 eV atomic oxygen exposures which simulated atomic oxygen environment in low Earth orbit. A combination of a laser-detonation atomic oxygen source and a conventional pin-on-disk friction tester was used to perform tribological tests. It was confirmed that the friction coefficient was not affected by atomic oxygen exposure when atomic oxygen fluence was low; however, the friction coefficient increased with increasing atomic oxygen fluence and it reached as high as 0.05 at the atomic oxygen fluence of 3.4 × 1016 atoms/cm2/cycle (nine times larger than the normal value). Effect of atomic oxygen on the wear-life of the film has much more drastic. With atomic oxygen fluence of 1.7 × 1016 atoms/cm2/cycle, wear-life of the film was reduced less than one-tenth of that during ex situ testing result of the same film. It was also observed that the wear-life of the film was inversely proportional to the atomic oxygen fluence between sliding passes.