Tribological interactions of advanced polymeric coatings with polyalkylene glycol lubricant and r1234yf refrigerant Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. We report on the tribological performance of an aromatic thermosetting polyester (ATSP) blended with polytetrafluroethylene (PTFE) as a coating material for air-conditioning compressor applications. Tribological experiments were conducted in the presence of environmentally friendly r1234yf refrigerant and polyalkyleneglycol (PAG) lubricant, to compare state-or-the-art polymeric coatings with ATSP/PTFE. Results showed better performance for ATSP/PTFE, compared to PTFE-based and Fluorocarbon- based coatings under both dry and boundary lubricated sliding conditions. Significant reduction of 69% in friction was obtained with the inclusion of PAG lubricant, suggesting a synergistic combination for ATSP/PTFE and PAG/r1234yf. Morphological evolution via scanning electron microscopy revealed surface cracks and voids for PTFE/MoS2, responsible for negative interactions under lubricated condition, which was not the case for ATSP/PTFE coating.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Akram, M. W., Meyer, J. L., & Polycarpou, A. A.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • Akram, M Wasim||Meyer, Jacob L||Polycarpou, Andreas A

publication date

  • May 2016