Effect of hBN/Al2O3 Nanoparticle Additives on the Tribological Performance of Engine Oil

Muhammad Ilman Hakimi Chua Abdullah, Mohd Fadzli Abdollah, Hilmi Amiruddin, Noreffendy Tamaldin, Nur Rashid Mat Nuri


Nanotechnology currently has an important role in reducing engine wear and improving fuel efficiency within engines using nanoparticle additives in engine oil. In this work, the effect of hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) and alumina (Al2O3) nanoparticle additives, on the tribological performance of SAE 15W40 diesel engine oil, was studied. A tribological test was conducted using a four-ball tribotester. The results show that the coefficient of friction (COF) and wear rate of the ball reduced significantly by dispersing hBN nanoparticle additives in SAE 15W40 diesel engine oil; compared to without or with Al2O3 nanoparticle additives. This is in accordance with the significant reduction of wear scar diameter and smoother worn surfaces observed on the balls.


hBN; Al2O3; diesel engine oil; coefficient of friction; wear rate

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.11113/jt.v66.2685


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