Tribology Letters

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 191–201

Solid lubrication by multiwalled carbon nanotubes in air and in vacuum

  • K. Miyoshi
  • K.W. Street Jr.
  • R.L. Vander Wal
  • Rodney Andrews
  • Ali Sayir
Article

Abstract

Aligned and dispersed multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) were evaluated for solid lubrication applications. Results obtained from unidirectional sliding friction experiments indicate that MWNTs have superior friction properties and sustainability in air and vacuum. Based on analyses of wear surfaces, transfer films, wear debris, and microstructures, the lubrication mechanism of the MWNTs is discussed.

Keywords

multiwalled carbon nanotube friction solid lubrication durability vacuum atmosphere 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Miyoshi
    • 1
  • K.W. Street Jr.
    • 1
  • R.L. Vander Wal
    • 2
  • Rodney Andrews
    • 3
  • Ali Sayir
    • 4
  1. 1.National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGlenn Research CenterClevelandUSA
  2. 2.The National Center for Microgravity Research ClevelandUSA
  3. 3.University of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  4. 4.Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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