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Method for lubricating contacting surfaces

United States Patent

December 6, 2011
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A method is provided for tribological lubrication of sliding contact surfaces, where two surfaces are in contact and in motion relative to each other, operating in a vapor-phase environment containing at least one alcohol compound at a concentration sufficiently high to provide one monolayer of coverage on at least one of the surfaces, where the alcohol compound continuously reacts at the surface to provide lubrication.
Dugger; Michael T. (Tijeras, NM), Ohlhausen; James A. (Albuquerque, NM), Asay; David B. (Boalsburg, PA), Kim; Seong H. (State College, PA)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
12/ 116,243
May 7, 2008
This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the Department of Energy and Contract No. CMMI-0625493 awarded by the National Science Foundation. The Government has certain rights in the invention.