A review of lubricating mechanisms from the perspective of tribo-electrophysics and tribo-electrochemistry

  • ZeQi Jiang
  • JianHua FangEmail author
  • YingChun ChenEmail author
  • Jiang Wu
  • Ping Liu
  • KeCheng Gu
  • Zhe Zheng
  • BoShui Chen
  • Xin Wang
  • YanHan Feng


Understanding mechanisms of tribo-electrophysics and tribo-electrochemistry is one of the most important fundamental research due to the application of developing scientific technology. The present paper provides a review regarding tribo-electrical mechanisms under four lubrication regimes, including dry friction, boundary lubrication, thin film lubrication and fluid film lubrication. Moreover, a brief summary and some important aspects in the field of tribo-electrophysics and tribo-electrochemistry were proposed, on which further intensive investigations are still mandatory. It is hoped to provide beneficial guidance to inspire the development of tribological theories and further engineering applications.


dry friction boundary lubrication thin film lubrication fluid film lubrication eletromagnetic effect electrophysic electrochemistry 


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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51375491), the Basic Science and Frontier Technology Research Project of Chongqing (Grant No. CSTC2017jcyjAX0058), and the Young Foundation of Logistical Engineering University (Grant No. YQ16-420801).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • ZeQi Jiang
    • 1
  • JianHua Fang
    • 2
    Email author
  • YingChun Chen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jiang Wu
    • 2
  • Ping Liu
    • 2
  • KeCheng Gu
    • 2
  • Zhe Zheng
    • 2
  • BoShui Chen
    • 2
  • Xin Wang
    • 2
  • YanHan Feng
    • 2
  1. 1.College of PharmacyArmy Medical UniversityChongqingChina
  2. 2.Department of OilArmy Logistics UniversityChongqingChina

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