Investigation of the lubrication properties and tribological mechanisms of oxygenated compounds

E. Sukjit*, P. Poapongsakorn, K. D. Dearn, M. Lapuerta, J. Sánchez-Valdepeñas

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Lubrication properties and mechanisms of various oxygenated compounds, carboxylic acid, aldehyde, alcohol, ketone, ester, and ether, were investigated. The high-frequency reciprocating rig was used to measure the lubricity. The effects of functional group, humidity, and carbon-chain length on the lubricity of the oxygenated compounds were studied. After the lubricity test, microscopic observation of disc specimens was made in a scanning electron microscope. The functional moieties were found to be the factor that significantly influenced the lubricity and the sensitivity to humidity of the oxygenated compounds. At low vapor pressure, mild abrasive wear was observed in the case of carboxylic acid and aldehyde. While, the rest compounds revealed abrasive wear with corrosion. As the vapor pressure increased, wear became more severe due to the contribution of corrosion except for the case of carboxylic acid since its molecules have the superior ability to form a protective film. Moreover, an increase in chain length of the fatty acid was confirmed to enhance the lubricity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)836-842
Number of pages7
Issue numberPart A
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2017


  • Humidity
  • Lubricity
  • Oxygenated compounds
  • Wear scar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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