Understanding the effect of the base oil on the physical adsorption process of organic additives using molecular using molecular dynamics

M Konishi and H Washizu, TRIBOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, 149, 105568 (2020).

DOI: 10.1016/j.triboint.2019.01.027

Organic friction modifiers (OFMs) are widely added to oil to reduce the boundary friction in many kinds of lubricants such as vehicle engine oils. At the contact area in machine elements, the OFMs form a self- assembled organic monolayer. Although the friction properties of the monolayer are widely studied on a molecular level, the formation process is not well-known. In this study, the initial adsorbing process of additive molecules in explicit base oil molecules are calculated using molecular dynamics. The adsorption time depends on the structure of the base oils. Another effect of the base oil other than "chain matching" is found.

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