I have a dry film moly-graphite lubricant (CoF=.075) and a lubricious CVD coating (CoF=.05).
The CoF of each of these lubricious materials was determined using the same ASME standardized test.
The standardized test consists of: a plain steel object is coated in the lubricant to be tested; it is placed on a plain steel plate; the plate is slowly tilted until the object starts to slide; the angle at which sliding occurs determines the CoF (a lower angle correpsonds to a lower CoF).
If I used both the coating and the lubricant together, would that lower the CoF further?
I.E. If I took the steel test object, and I coated it with the CVD coating, then on top of that I applied the dry-film moly-graphite lubricant, would that combination have a lower CoF than either material alone?
If yes, How much? If no, Why not?
This seems like a relatively straight forward question, but I've yet to get a clear answer from anyone. Most people seem to drag other variables into the problem statement, but I'd like to know, all other variables remaining equal, can we answer this question - or is it truly impossible?
The following assumptions apply:
- The only variable that changes between tests is the lubricant used. All other factors remain exactly the same in each test. E.g. surface finish, temperature, interface load, materials being tested, etc. all remain exactly the same between tests.
- The CVD coating is permanent and non-removable. The moly-lubricant can be applied over the CVD coating and/or to the other part; either way is perfectly acceptable, so whichever scenario allows you to answer the question is fine by me.
This question was triggered by a problem I ran into at work.
It's not a homework assignment - I've been out of school for almost a decade now :)
It started off as a simple question that no one in the office could answer, so I turned to the internet, because I'm a curious george.
So far, my attempts for help on other internet sites have been met mostly with hostility and wild assumptions about the problem that were not stated in the get go.
I got one answer here so far, and I realized some assumptions regarding outside factors were being made that I didn't anticipate, so I revised the question to clarify what assumptions should apply in any attempt to answer the question.
I just want to know, if all other factors remain exactly the same, what effect to expect from adding a lubricant to an already extremely lubricious material.