Perfluoropolyalkylether Oil Degradation: Inference of FeF3 Formation on Steel Surfaces under Boundary Conditions
AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CA CHEMISTRYAND PHYSICS LAB
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The formation of iron fluoride FeF3 through the interaction of Kaytox 143AB perfluoropolyalkylether PFPE oil with steel surfaces was investigated under boundary lubrication conditions. Ball-bearing rolling action was simulated by a specially designed wear-test apparatus that incorporated noncoaxial wear members to give a skidroll ratio of approx. 0.16. The contact stress was 830,000,000 sq m approx. 120,000 psi, and the speed was 1750 rpm. Under these conditions, FeF3 formation on the wear surfaces was inferred using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic XPS, Auger electron spectroscopic AES, and secondary ion mass spectrometric SIMS surface analysis techniques. These findings support the hypothesis that, under the low oxygen environment of spacecraft earth orbit, formation of FeF3 and subsequent FeF3 catalyzed degradation of PFPE can constitute an important PFPE degradation pathway under boundary lubrication conditions.
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