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Tribology of Miniature Systems

The tribology of miniature systems is quite different from the tribology of large machinery. This is the first publication to cover on an academic level both the basic concepts of the tribology of miniature systems and some areas of its practical application. A comprehensive survey is given on the specific problems encountered in this field, providing a volume that will be useful in solving professional engineering problems in the fast growing field of precision engineering and microtechnology.The suitability of various materials and lubricants for the tribological systems in miniature mechanisms is discussed. The tribological properties and the friction and wear properties which occur in such systems are analysed. Specific lubrication problems are examined in detail; in particular, the use of special tribological coatings to solve many difficult lubrication problems and to obtain high wear resistance of the rubbing elements is considered. The special investigation techniques used to characterize miniature tribological systems and their elements (e.g. lubricants) are reviewed. The tribological aspects of many of the most common assemblies found in miniature mechanism and electromechanism design are analysed and some practical suggestions are put forward for the rational design of such systems. Also special tribological problems such as those met in computer technology, bioengineering, etc. are presented. The book is intended for tribologists (both seasoned researchers and newcomers) studying the problems of this specific branch of tribology and also for practising engineers active in the design, manufacture and exploitation of various miniature systems.

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Published: June 1998

Imprint: North-holland

ISBN: 978-0-444-87401-6

Reviews

  • ...this book should prove to be a much-thumbed addition to the bookshelf of anyone...
    Industrial Lubrication and Tribology

Contents

  • 1. Introduction. 2. Materials. Metals. Sintered metals. Minerals, ceramics, composites. Polymeric materials. Unfilled polymers. Filled polymers. 3. Lubricants. Introduction. Oils. Greases. Solid lubricants. 4. Unlubricated Systems. Metallic systems. Polymeric systems. Metal-polymer systems. Polymer-polymer systems. Other systems. 5. Lubricated Systems. Metallic systems. Solid metals. Sintered metals. Polymeric systems. Metal-polymer systems. Polymer-polymer systems. Other systems. 6. Lubrication Problems. Introduction. Preventing oil from spreading or creeping. Introduction. Fundamentals. Methods. Coatings (epilames). Self-coating (autoepilamizing). Coating (epilame) technology. Estimation of optimum volume of oil deposit. Lubricant durability. Lubrication under extreme conditions. Lubrication of polymeric systems. 7. Special Tribological Coatings. Introduction. Anti-friction coatings. Anti-wear coatings. 8. Experimental Techniques. Introduction. Friction. Oscillating motion of the rubbing element. Unidirectional motion of the rubbing element. Wear. Thermal effects. Quality of lubricants and coatings (epilames). Introduction. Lubricity of lubricants. Physicochemical properties of lubricants. Effects of interactions in lubricant-rubbing elements-ambient systems. Properties of coatings and epilames. Cleaning. Special investigations. 9. Tribological Aspects of Fine Mechanism Assemblies. Introduction. Typical plain bearings. Special bearings. Rolling bearings. Guides. Gears and transmissions. Couplings: clutches and brakes. Contacts, brushes. 10. Special Tribological Problems. Closing comments. References. Subject Index.

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