The additives that improve the lubricating properties, otherwise known as lubricants, are chemical compounds used in tribochemical reactions. These processes are related to physical, chemical and other reactions based on friction phenomena.
Lubricants are applied to reduce scuffing, wear or kneading in systems where tribochemical interactions occur. Additives can also increase viscosity, provide protection against corrosion of systems, and provide antibacterial resistance.
These lubricants typically contain polar molecules that have an affinity for metal surfaces, forming a protective boundary layer between machine parts. The resulting film reduces friction and prevents direct contact between two components, which helps extend the life of the system.
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