Solid lubrication by multiwalled carbon nanotubes in air and in vacuum

Kazuhisa Miyoshi, K. W. Street, R. L. Vander Wal, Rodney Andrews, Ali Sayir

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-201
Number of pages11
JournalTribology Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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