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Vapor Lubrication of Graphite Sliding Contacts

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2 Author(s)
Savage, Robert H. ; General Electric Research Laboratory, Schenectady, New York ; Schaefer, D.L.

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A fundamental study of graphite sliding contacts shows that atmospheric concentrations of only a few parts per million of the larger organic molecules are sufficient to prevent the severe wear of graphite which occurs in a dry atmosphere. The experimental results suggest roughly the empirical rule that the minimum relative ``humidity'' of a vapor for effective lubrication decreases logarithmically with chain length in the region 5 to 15 A.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 2 )

Date of Publication:

Feb 1956

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