Packing of simulated friction modifier additives under confinement

ML Greenfield and H Ohtani, LANGMUIR, 21, 7568-7578 (2005).

DOI: 10.1021/la046862l

Molecular dynamics simulations have been conducted to obtain detailed information regarding molecular structure and packing of surfactant-like "friction modifier" (FM) chains adsorbed to two confining surfaces under sliding conditions. The simulations are interpreted via the density profile, position-dependent fluctuations in the density profile, and parallel, interlayer position correlation functions. Heterogeneous FM structures were obtained. The adsorbed FM chains were found to form semi-ordered monolayers perpendicular to the atomically well-defined surface, with distinct segment positions in the density profile. More fluid layers with broader density profiles and larger fluctuations were formed by some unoriented FM chains oriented preferentially parallel to the surface, between the opposing monolayers. Segment position correlations parallel to the surface in the adsorbed layers were found at separations up to 30 angstrom. These packings persisted for longer than 4 ns under sliding conditions that ranged from 0 to 7.5 m s(-1) (0 to 0.075 angstrom ps(-1)). Monolayer structures were observed to remain unchanged under a wide range of normal pressures, with the corresponding changes in volume occurring in the gap between monolayers or between a monolayer and trapped fluid.

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