We apply first principle calculations to investigate the effects of the hydrocarbon chain length in additive molecules under boundary lubrication conditions. In these conditions, occurring in high-pressure applications, the thickness of the oil film becomes extremely thin, and the additive molecules remain confined between the two solid surfaces in contact. We consider two types of organophosphorous additives having the same phosphite group but hydrocarbon chains of different lengths. By comparing the molecular behavior under uniaxial stress applied, we elucidate the atomistic mechanisms that control the molecular capacity of maintaining an interfacial spacing under compression and the load-induced molecular dissociation. This insight is relevant not only for a rational design of lubricant additives but also to provide understanding on the activation mechanisms of tribochemical reactions.

First principles study of organophosphorus additives in boundary lubrication conditions: Effects of hydrocarbon chain length / Loehlé, S.; Righi, M. C.. - In: LUBRICATION SCIENCE. - ISSN 0954-0075. - 29:7(2017), pp. 485-491. [10.1002/ls.1382]

First principles study of organophosphorus additives in boundary lubrication conditions: Effects of hydrocarbon chain length

Righi, M. C.
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2017

Abstract

We apply first principle calculations to investigate the effects of the hydrocarbon chain length in additive molecules under boundary lubrication conditions. In these conditions, occurring in high-pressure applications, the thickness of the oil film becomes extremely thin, and the additive molecules remain confined between the two solid surfaces in contact. We consider two types of organophosphorous additives having the same phosphite group but hydrocarbon chains of different lengths. By comparing the molecular behavior under uniaxial stress applied, we elucidate the atomistic mechanisms that control the molecular capacity of maintaining an interfacial spacing under compression and the load-induced molecular dissociation. This insight is relevant not only for a rational design of lubricant additives but also to provide understanding on the activation mechanisms of tribochemical reactions.
2017
29
7
485
491
First principles study of organophosphorus additives in boundary lubrication conditions: Effects of hydrocarbon chain length / Loehlé, S.; Righi, M. C.. - In: LUBRICATION SCIENCE. - ISSN 0954-0075. - 29:7(2017), pp. 485-491. [10.1002/ls.1382]
Loehlé, S.; Righi, M. C.
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