The paper aims to study comparatively the fretting behavior in gross slip regime of fretting both under grease lubrication and dry condition and to investigate the mechanism of palliation of fretting wear with grease lubrication.
All fretting tests were carried out on high‐temperature fretting devices with standard GCr15 bearing steel ball against 45 steel flat and against GCr15 bearing steel flat contact pairs. The wear scar was examined by optical microscope, surface profiler and the confocal laser scanning microscope as well as energy dispersive X‐ray spectroscopy.
Compared with dry condition, the coefficient of friction and wear are decreased drastically and wear occurs mainly at the early stage of fretting under grease lubrication. The palliation effect of grease lubrication is closely associated with the amount of oil separated from the grease, the low‐oxidation corrosion and high‐hardness white layer. However, the bubbles which expelled from the contact edges have little influence on fretting wear.
The tested greases do not contain any additives for preventing possible misinterpretations of the results, but it is necessary to investigate the influence of different lubricant additives added to grease on friction and wear at different fretting conditions.
The research reveals that the palliation effect of grease lubrication on fretting wear is related closely to the amount of oil separated from the grease. The bigger penetration and more susceptible greases, which are easier to separate from the base oil, should be taken into account for palliation of fretting wear.
The presented results help to understand the palliation mechanism of grease lubrication and could be useful for designers of engineering assembly for which fretting wear is an issue.
Wang, Z., Zhou, Z. and Chen, G. (2011), "An investigation of palliation of fretting wear in gross slip regime with grease lubrication", Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Vol. 63 No. 2, pp. 84-89. https://doi.org/10.1108/00368791111112207Download as .RIS
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