Encyclopedia of Tribology

2013 Edition
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Lubrication of Miniature Systems

  • Zygmunt RymuzaEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-92897-5_1070



Lubrication of miniature systems is a special area of lubrication science and technology related to the for-life lubrication for reducing friction and wear and extending of lifetime of miniature mechanisms where the rubbing elements are usually of very small dimensions (e.g., those found in watches or precision instruments).

Scientific Fundamentals

Miniature tribological systems are combinations of rubbing elements of small (e.g., less than 3 mm) or very small dimensions used in small mechanisms or precision instruments for the transmission of information or very small doses of energy (e.g., in miniature drive systems). The disposable energy in such mechanisms is usually limited, in particular if they are driven by an energy source such as an electrical microbattery or special spring (as used in mechanical watches) (Trylinski 1971; Rawlings 1993; Krause 1986, 1993...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Warsaw University of TechnologyWarsawPoland