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Publication date: 26 October 2020

Lixin Hai, Feng Gao, Yan Li, Bo Yang and Yanyan Zhu

The nonlinear friction disturbance of the moving joint surface of the feed system can lead to the residual vibration of the system, prolong the stability time of the…

Abstract

Purpose

The nonlinear friction disturbance of the moving joint surface of the feed system can lead to the residual vibration of the system, prolong the stability time of the system and reduce the motion precision and machining precision of the machine tool. This paper aims to concern the vibration between joint surfaces caused by nonlinear friction.

Design/methodology/approach

The model is established from the micro and macro scale based on the LuGre model. The friction characteristics of the moving joint surface are explored. The friction experiment of GCr15 pin and 45 steel disk is designed and the influence of lubrication condition, speed, acceleration and normal load on friction characteristics are studied.

Findings

Among the drive speed, damping and stiffness, the negative gradient effect of friction, which is characterized by the difference of static and dynamic friction coefficient Δµ, is the main cause of friction vibration between moving joint surfaces. Sufficient lubrication, a proper increase of speed and acceleration, a reasonable reduction of normal load can reduce the negative gradient effect, which can weaken the vibration caused by the nonlinear friction and improve the friction characteristics of the moving joint surface.

Originality/value

In the past studies, more attention has been paid to revealing the relationship between the relative speed and friction, while the acceleration is often ignored. The negative gradient effect of friction is improved in this paper by changing the contact conditions. Research findings of this paper effectively improve the friction characteristics of the moving interface and provide the basis for restraining the nonlinear vibration between the moving interfaces.

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The peer review history for this article is available at: https://publons.com/publon/10.1108/ILT-11-2019-0476/

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Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, vol. 73 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0036-8792

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Publication date: 8 January 2018

Jiusheng Bao, Yan Yin, Lijian Lu and Tonggang Liu

The purpose of this study is to establish an effective method for characterizing the tribological properties of friction brakes during continuous braking because they have…

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Purpose

The purpose of this study is to establish an effective method for characterizing the tribological properties of friction brakes during continuous braking because they have direct influences on the reliable operation of transport vehicles and industrial equipments.

Design/methodology/approach

First, tribological tests were carried out with the X-DM type friction tester, and changing curves of friction coefficient and temperature were obtained. Second, a novel tribological characteristic parameter set characterizing the tribological properties of brake pair in continuous braking was extracted from some important experimental data such as friction coefficient, wear rate and temperature. Finally, the influence of law and mechanism of braking number on dynamic tribological parameters was studied through continuous braking experiments.

Findings

The extracted tribological characteristic parameter set includes two subsets: dynamic characteristic parameter subset and overall characteristic parameter subset, which is composed of ten parameters: dynamic parameters of friction coefficient (including average, trend coefficient and stability coefficient), dynamic wear rate, dynamic average temperature, dynamic temperature rise, overall average friction coefficient, overall wear rate, overall average temperature and overall temperature rise.

Originality/value

Conclusively, the novel tribological characteristic parameter set is more comprehensive and objective, and it can provide a theoretical basis for the study of tribological properties in continuous braking.

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Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, vol. 70 no. 1
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ISSN: 0036-8792

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Publication date: 13 March 2017

Zhaoju Qin, Chenheng Yuan, Yanpeng Yuan and Yuanyuan Huang

A free-piston engine (FPE) is an unconventional engine that abandons the crank system. This paper aims to focus on a numerical simulation for the lubricating…

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Purpose

A free-piston engine (FPE) is an unconventional engine that abandons the crank system. This paper aims to focus on a numerical simulation for the lubricating characteristics of piston rings in a single-piston hydraulic free-piston engine (HFPE).

Design/methodology/approach

A time-based numerical simulation program was built using Matlab to define the piston motion of the new engine. And a lubrication mode of piston rings was built which is based on the gas flow equation, hydrodynamic lubrication equation and the asperity contact equation. The piston motion and the lubrication model are coupled, and then the finite difference method is used to obtain the piston rings lubrication performances of the FPE. Meanwhile, the lubrication characteristics of the new engine were compared with those of a corresponding conventional crankshaft-driven engine.

Findings

The study results indicate that compared with the traditional engine, the expansion stroke of the HFPE is longer, and the compression stroke is shorter. Lubrication oil film of the new engine is thicker than the traditional engine during the initial stage of compression stroke and the final stage of the power stroke. The average friction force and power of the hydraulic free piston engine are slightly lower than those of the traditional engine, but the peak friction power of the FPE is significantly greater than that of the traditional engine. With an increase in load, the friction loss power and friction loss efficiency decrease, and with a decrease in equivalence ratio, the friction power loss reduces, but the friction loss efficiency decreases first and then increases.

Research limitations/implications

In this paper, only qualitative analysis was performed on the tribological difference between conventional crankshaft engine and HFPE, instead of a quantitative one.

Practical implications

This paper contributes to the tribological design method of HFPE.

Social implications

No social implications are available now, as the HFPE is under the development phase. However, the authors are positive that their work will be commercialized in the near future.

Originality/value

The main originality of the paper can be introduced as follows: the lubrication and friction characteristics of the new engine (HFPE) were investigated and revealed, which have not been studied before; the effect of the HFPE’s special piston motion on the tribological characteristics was considered in the lubrication simulation. The results show that compared with the traditional crankshaft engine, the new engine shows a different lubrication performance because of its free piston motion.

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Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, vol. 69 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0036-8792

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Publication date: 10 September 2018

Fanjing Meng, Kun Liu and Tao Qin

Granular lubrication is a new lubrication method and can be used in extreme working conditions; however, the obstacle of force transmission characteristics needs to be…

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Purpose

Granular lubrication is a new lubrication method and can be used in extreme working conditions; however, the obstacle of force transmission characteristics needs to be urgently solved to fully understand the mechanical and bearing mechanisms of granular lubrication.

Design/methodology/approach

A flat sliding friction cell is developed to study the force transmission behaviors of granules under shearing. Granular material, sliding velocity, granule size and granule humidity are considered in these experiments. The measured normal and shear force, which is transmitted from the bottom friction pair to the top friction pair via the granular lubrication medium, reveals the influence of these controlling parameters on the force transmission characteristics of granules.

Findings

Experimental results show that a low sliding velocity, a large granule size and a low granular humidity increase the measured normal force and shear force. Besides, a comparison experiment with other typical lubrication styles is also carried out. The force transmission under granular lubrication is mainly dependent on the force transmission path, which is closely related to the deconstruction and reconstruction of the force chains in the granule assembly.

Originality/value

These findings reveal the force transmission mechanism of granular lubrication and can also offer the helpful reference for the design of the new granular lubrication bearing.

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Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, vol. 70 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0036-8792

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Publication date: 6 August 2018

Zhipeng Duan, Peng Liang, Hao Ma, Niya Ma and Boshu He

The purpose of this paper is to numerically investigate the flow characteristics and extend the data of friction factor and Reynolds number product of hydrodynamically…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to numerically investigate the flow characteristics and extend the data of friction factor and Reynolds number product of hydrodynamically developing laminar flow in three-dimensional rectangular microchannels with different aspect ratios.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a finite-volume approach, the friction factor characteristics of Newtonian fluid in three-dimensional rectangular ducts with aspect ratios from 0.1 to 1 are conducted numerically under no-slip boundary conditions. A simple model that approximately predicts the apparent friction factor and Reynolds number product fappRe is referenced as a semi-theoretical fundamental analysis for numerical simulations.

Findings

The accurate and reliable results of fappRe are obtained, which are compared with classic numerical data and experimental data, and the simple semi-theoretical model used and all comparisons show good agreement. Among them, the maximum relative error with the classic numerical data is less than 3.9 per cent. The data of fappRe are significantly extended to other different aspect ratios and the novel values of fappRe are presented in the tables. The characteristics of fappRe are analyzed as a function of a non-dimensional axial distance and the aspect ratios. A more effective and accurate fourth-order fitting equation for the Hagenbach's factor of rectangular channels is proposed.

Originality/value

From the reliable data, it is shown that the values of fappRe and the model can be references of pressure drop and friction factor for developing laminar flow in rectangular channels for researchers and engineering applications.

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Engineering Computations, vol. 35 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-4401

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Publication date: 4 April 2020

Pan-Pan Li, Feng Gao, Yan Li and Bo Yang

The serious friction caused by the fluctuation of friction occurs when start-up and will reduce the positioning accuracy of the servo axes of high precision machine tools…

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Purpose

The serious friction caused by the fluctuation of friction occurs when start-up and will reduce the positioning accuracy of the servo axes of high precision machine tools, the purpose of this paper is to study the friction fluctuation characteristics of friction coefficients between interfaces under different working conditions.

Design/methodology/approach

HT200 and 45# materials were experimentally studied by friction and wear testing machine UMT-3, the variation of friction coefficient under different working conditions (different start-up conditions, the variation of lubrication state area and different roughness) were measured.

Findings

The results show that the larger start-up acceleration shortens the pre-sliding time of the interface friction, makes the friction coefficient decrease faster, reduces the mixed lubrication area of the contact surface and makes the contact surface reach the stable lubrication state quickly. It can be concluded that the larger roughness surface will lead to the larger mixed lubrication area, the larger static friction coefficient and the larger drop between static and dynamic friction coefficient and easy to cause friction vibration.

Originality/value

The results reveal the friction fluctuation rule of the metal interface during the different start-up process, which is of guiding significance to reveal the lubrication principle and mechanism of the mechanical interface.

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The peer review history for this article is available at: https://publons.com/publon/10.1108/ILT-11-2019-0482/

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Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, vol. 72 no. 7
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ISSN: 0036-8792

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Publication date: 13 March 2017

Wengang Chen, Xueyuan Liu and Lili Zheng

This paper aims to clarify the friction properties of 304 steel surface modification. The surface modification includes laser texturing processing and nitriding treatment…

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Purpose

This paper aims to clarify the friction properties of 304 steel surface modification. The surface modification includes laser texturing processing and nitriding treatment on 304 steel surface, and then the friction properties’ test was conducted on different friction directions and different upper test samples by using microfriction and wear testing machine.

Design/methodology/approach

The diameter and spacing of 100-, 150-, 200-, 300-μm pit array on the surface of 304 steel were calculated using a M-DPSS-50 semiconductor laser device. Then, the textured surface was nitriding-treated using a nitriding salt bath device. The chemical composition, surface morphology and surface microhardness of the composite-modified surface were measured by X-ray diffraction and by using an optical microscope and a microhardness tester. The tribological characteristics of the composite-modified surface were tested by MRTR microcomputer-controlled multifunctional friction and wear testing machine.

Findings

The result showed that a rule pit texture surface was obtained by the texture processing. The microhardness of nitriding treatment surface reached 574.27HV0.1, which significantly higher than 222.58HV0.1 of 304 steel. The composite-modified surface has excellent anti-friction and wear resistance properties when the upper specimen was GCr15 steel and ZrO2, respectively. The composite-modified surface has excellent anti-friction and anti-wear properties after long time friction under different angles. However, the friction coefficient and wear morphology of the friction pairs are not affected by the friction angle.

Research limitations/implications

Because of the chosen research approach, the research results may lack generalizability. Therefore, researchers are encouraged to test the proposed propositions further.

Practical implications

The paper conducted a systematic study of the tribological characteristics of 304 steel composite modification surface and provided a good basis for the extensive application of 304 steel.

Social implications

The study provides a good basis for the extensive application of 304 steel.

Originality/value

This paper fulfils an identified need to study the extensive application of 304 steel.

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Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, vol. 69 no. 2
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ISSN: 0036-8792

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Publication date: 12 November 2018

Yanzhong Wang and Chao Guo

This paper aims to study the change rule of sintered iron friction properties under high temperature and establish the model to predict the friction coefficient.

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to study the change rule of sintered iron friction properties under high temperature and establish the model to predict the friction coefficient.

Design/methodology/approach

The morphological measurements of sintered iron material with four different oxidation degrees are carried out. A prediction model of friction coefficient in high temperature oxide growth stage for sintered iron material is established based on the theory of flash temperature and adhesion friction. The relationship between friction coefficient and the key parameters is found through the test fitting.

Findings

The surface topography changes with oxidative wear. The wear debris will be compacted and sintered again to form a composite oxide layer with the temperature increasing. The validity and accuracy of proposed model are tested using the friction coefficient and temperature experiments. Results are in reasonable agreement with those obtained using values of load commonly used.

Originality/value

The significance lies in the change mechanism of high temperature friction characteristic is clarified. Three friction stages related to temperature of dry friction are put forward for sintered iron, and a meaningful reference is provided by the established model for high-temperature performance design of sintered iron friction material.

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Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, vol. 70 no. 8
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ISSN: 0036-8792

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Publication date: 8 April 2019

Manoharan S., Vijay R., Lenin Singaravelu D. and Mohamed Kchaou

The purpose of this work is to investigate the effect of oxide-coated steel in comparison with mild steel fibers on the tribological and corrosion performances of friction

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this work is to investigate the effect of oxide-coated steel in comparison with mild steel fibers on the tribological and corrosion performances of friction composites.

Design/methodology/approach

In this study, the friction composites were developed in the form of standard brake pads by using oxide-coated steel and compared with mild steel fibers-based one without varying the other ingredients. The brake pads were developed as per the industrial procedure. The physical, mechanical, thermal properties of the developed brake pads were analyzed as per the industrial standards. The tribological properties were analyzed using the Chase test. The worn surface analysis was done using scanning electron microscope. Corrosion behavior was also analyzed in both salt and normal water conditions.

Findings

The experimental results indicate that the oxide-coated steel-based friction composites brake pads possess good physical, chemical, thermal, corrosion resistance and mechanical properties with stable fade and recovery characteristics because of its oxide coating and flake morphology.

Originality/value

This paper explains the influence of oxide-coated steel in friction composites for enhancing the tribological performance and corrosion resistance by its oxide coating and flake morphology which could potentially replace mild steel fibers-based problems in friction composites.

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Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, vol. 71 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0036-8792

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Publication date: 2 September 2014

Ilker Sugozu, Ibrahim Can and Cengiz Oner

The purpose of this paper is to investigate use of calabrian pine (pinus brutia) cone (CPC) dust along with borax (BX) to assess the effect of friction coefficient…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate use of calabrian pine (pinus brutia) cone (CPC) dust along with borax (BX) to assess the effect of friction coefficient. Despite the number of research studies completed on the mechanism of friction in automotive brake lining materials, the phenomenon is still not fully understood. Complex mechano-chemical processes occurring on the friction interface of a composite friction material make it difficult to understand the correlation between the formulation of brake lining and the frictional performance.

Design/methodology/approach

In this study, the use of CPC dust along with BX has been investigated for assessing the effect on friction coefficient. CPC has resin in it. BX is a boron production which is widely used in boron glass production and in ceramic industry for increasing the heat- resistant and -forming abrasion resistant. Newly formulated brake lining material with five different ingredients has been tested under Friction Assessment and Screening Test. Friction coefficient, wear rate and scanning electron microscope for friction surface were examined to assess the performance of these samples.

Findings

Analysis of the experimental results shows that the brake lining material containing CPC and BX significantly improved the stability of the friction coefficient, fade and wear resistance.

Originality/value

Several investigations have been conducted to use different materials in brake pads. The brake pad standards have been provided in previous studies, as well as the aims for economical and sustainable production. In the present study, production of brake pads by CPC dust and BX has been executed. Parallel results have been presented between previously reported and present study, in view of brake characteristics and wear resistance. Use of the lower cost and productive organic sources of material are the main improvement of the present study.

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Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, vol. 66 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0036-8792

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