Rheological and tribological characterization of novel modified graphene/oil-based nanofluids using force microscopy

Caglayan M. O.

MICROSCOPY RESEARCH AND TECHNIQUE, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/jemt.23641


In this study, it is aimed to improve the lubrication and anti-wear characteristics of nanofluids produced by the distribution of silane-modified graphene nanosheets into the base oil without any surfactant or dispersant. Nanofluids are among the hottest research topics currently studied in the literature due to their interesting thermal and rheological properties. Graphene nanosheet with unique physicochemical properties is a good alternative as a nanofluid component and a lubricant. In this study, the behavior of nanofluidic films on the material was investigated by using scanning probe techniques, phase-contrast microscopy, and friction force microscopy techniques. Due to stick-slip behavior and rheological properties that are dominant in the studied ranges, problems were encountered in performing tribological analyzes with friction force microscopy. On the other hand, these results have been beneficial in determining tribological factors in nanoscale. The presented nanofluids showed non-Newtonian behavior at high concentrations and shear rates and shown an improved tribological performance up to 43% in friction coefficient, 91% in wear, and 46% in thermal conductivity compared to the base oil.