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LSU Doctoral Dissertations

Degradation

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On The Degradation Of Lubricating Grease, Asghar Rezasoltani Jan 2016

On The Degradation Of Lubricating Grease, Asghar Rezasoltani

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

A comprehensive literature review on physical and chemical degradation monitoring and life estimation models for lubricating greases is presented in chapter one. Degradation mechanisms for lubricating grease are categorized and described, and an extensive survey of the available empirical and analytical grease life estimation models including degradation monitoring standards and methods are presented. In chapter two, irreversible thermodynamic theory is employed to study the mechanical degradation of lubricating grease. A correlation between the mechanical degradation and entropy generation is established and the results are verified experimentally using a rheometer, a journal bearing test rig, and a modified grease worker machine ...


Degradation And Fatigue Involving Dissipated Processes, Md Liakat Ali Jan 2015

Degradation And Fatigue Involving Dissipated Processes, Md Liakat Ali

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

Irreversible material degradation due to cyclic mechanical loading is investigated utilizing the concept of thermodynamic entropy, plastic strain energy, and temperature slope measurement. Uniaxial tension-compression and fully-reversed bending fatigue tests are performed over a wide range of loading conditions with metallic and composite materials subject to both constant- and variable-amplitude loading. A methodology is developed for the estimation of the fatigue fracture entropy (FFE) and fatigue toughness of metallic specimens in a rapid fashion. It is found that the FFE and the fatigue toughness of each material tested are within a small band. The value of FFE is found to ...