Molecular dynamics study of lubricant depletion by pulsed laser heating

YW Seo and A Rosenkranz and FE Talke, APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 440, 73-83 (2018).

DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2017.12.262

In this study, molecular dynamics simulations were performed to numerically investigate the effect of pulsed laser heating on lubricant depletion. The maximum temperature, the lubricant depletion width, the number of evaporated lubricant beads and the number of fragmented lubricant chains were studied as a function of laser peak power, pulse duration and repetition rate. A continuous-wave laser and a square pulse laser were simulated and compared to a Gaussian pulse laser. With increasing repetition rate, pulsed laser heating was found to approach continuous-wave laser heating. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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