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Preparation, characterization, and tribological properties of silica-nanoparticle-reinforced B-N-co-doped reduced graphene oxide as a multifunctional additive for enhanced lubrication


SiO2-B-N-GO nanocomposites, material characterization, tribological properties


Microwave-synthesized SiO2-reinforced B-N-co-doped reduced graphene oxide (SiO2-B-N-GO) nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray photon spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared (IR) spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray (TEM/EDX) analysis. The tribological properties of the SiO2-B-N-GO prepared as anti-wear additives for enhanced lubrication were studied using a four-ball tester. The experiment results indicated that SiO2-B-N-GO exhibits excellent load-carrying, anti-wear, and anti-friction properties in a base oil, especially at the optimal concentration of additives at 0.15 wt%. The wear scar diameter decreased from 0.70 to 0.37 mm and the coefficient of friction was reduced from 0.092 to 0.070, which reductions are attributed to the formation of B-N and graphene layer tribofilms of several tens of nanometers in thickness that prevented direct contact between metals.


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