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Research project: Reduction of downhole friction by electrochemical methods - Dormant - Dormant

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This study investigates the relationship between applied interfacial potentials, friction and wear for steel/steel tribo-contacts in alkaline aqueous-based solutions.

The experimental approach taken in this study utilises a pin-on-disc tribometer incorporating potentiostataic control of the disc between ±1.0 V overpotentials.  Post-test analysis includes the use of SEM, Alicona, TaiCaan and Talysurf to aid in understanding the tribological and electrochemical behaviour.

It was shown that when a friction modifying molecule was abosrbed onto the steel surface, significant reduction of friction and wear were obtained.  This absorption (or desorption) can be effectively controlled by the interfacial potential.

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Reduction of downhole friction
Reduction of downhole friction
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