Friction coefficients were measured for bearing materials slid in dry air against sputter‐deposited MoS2‐coated substrates. Ball versus flat tests were performed over a wide range of initial Hertzian pressures (200–1500 MPa) by varying loads (1–50 N), elastic moduli (70–615 GPa), and ball diameters (1.6–12.7 mm). The friction coefficient μ decreased as load L increased according to μ∝ L(−0.32), in agreement with the Hertzian contact model. Regression analysis of over 600 data points for friction coefficient versus Hertzian pressure (PH), fitted to μ=(S0/PH)+α, gave mean values of the shear strength S0=24.8 MPa±0.5 and α= 0.001±0.001, with S0 in good agreement with values in the literature.
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