Nano-lubrication: A review

Hyun Joon Kim, Kuk Jin Seo, Kyeong Hee Kang, Dae Eun Kim

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Lubrication is essential for proper and reliable operation of mechanical systems as it is vital to reduce friction and wear of moving components to assure high quality performance. Particularly, with continued development of precision devices the need to acquire effective lubrication technology for micro-systems continues to rise. The challenge lies in the fact that conventional lubrication methods cannot be applied to micro-systems due to viscosity effects. Thus, driven by the needs of precision devices, stringent operating conditions and environmental preservation, numerous alternatives to conventional liquid lubricants have been proposed. In this paper, various lubrication methods to replace or improve conventional liquid lubrication and their characteristics are reviewed. Fundamental mechanism and tribological characteristics of minimum quantity lubrication (MQL), vapor phase lubrication (VPL), and self-assembled monolayer are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-841
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 1

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© 2016, Korean Society for Precision Engineering and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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