Effect of double network hydrogel film thickness on the run-in tribological properties of a friction system using DN gel

Laura Jay, Koki Kanda, Philippe Kapsa, Hassan Zahouani, Koshi Adachi

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Abstract

This study aims to investigate the potential of double network hydrogel (DN gel) in a low friction mechanical system. In this study, the effect of the thickness of DN gel films on the friction property are clarified. An indentation test, contact pressure measurement, and series of friction tests in water using three different thickness (1.5, 3, 6 mm) of DN gel film and a SiC disc were carried out. Friction of DN gel film sliding against SiC in water can be classified into two types as “Friction region I: friction remains substantially unchanged during the test” and “Friction region II: friction decreases due to run-in”. Friction region transition can be related to the Hersey number region, which consists of viscosity of lubricant, sliding speed and apparent contact pressure. Hersey number larger than 1.5 × 10−10 is a necessary condition for friction region II where different lubrication regimes can be found. 1.5 and 6 mm thick DN gel films have exhibit super low friction (μ < 0.01) under a wide range of friction conditions as friction region II, and especially 1.5 mm thick DN gel film, super low friction is achieved by twice run-in phenomena.

Original languageEnglish
Article number203725
JournalWEAR
Volume484-485
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • DN gel Film
  • Run-in
  • Soft matter
  • Super low friction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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