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Zhan, Wen;  Zhan, Shengpeng;  Duan, HaiTao;  Li, Xinxiang;  Li, Jian;  Cheng, Bingxue;  Yuan, Chengqing

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2020/03/17

17-Mar-2020

Dear Zhan, Wen; Zhan, Shengpeng; Duan, HaiTao ; Li, Xinxiang ; Li, Jian ; Cheng, Bingxue

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2020/03/11

Dear editer and reviewer :
Its pleasure to hear about the recommend of my manuscript.Occording to reviewer comments. I have corrected manuscript. The details answers like thus.

1. In the process of molecular dynamics simulation with ReaxFF force field, the author need to give the information including the size of the simulated model and some relevant references about potential parameters of ReaxFF force field.

Answer: I would like to modify the last sentence of section 2.2, adding lattice parameter.also,other potential parameters save at section 2.1 ,like: The temperature cycle range, cycles optimization, The constant temperature, the integration step...

As shown in Figure 2 and Figure 3 are respectively simulation results of lubricants B (lattice parameter 22.676 Å×22.676 Å×22.676 Å), lubricants C (lattice parameter 22.905 Å×22.905 Å×22.905 Å)

1. In section 2.2, what is the meaning of “molecular crystalline state”? Generally, the lubricating oil is in amorphous state.
Answer: “molecular crystalline” interpretate lattice. I would like to modiy in manuscript mark red.

2. In the experimental section (section 2.3), the details of oxidation methods of lubricating oils need to be added.
Answer: I would like to add that method at the first sentence of section 2.3 .
Taking glass beaker filled with lubricants B/C in an oven to carry out accelerated thermal oxidation test, set the thermal oxidation cycle at 135°C for 15days, and regularly collect thermal lubricant samples

3. In the analysis of infrared spectra, did the expressions of 3008 cm-1 and 3011 cm-1 express a same peak? If yes, you’d better to use one wavenumber. Besides, the author shows that the peak at 1660 did not change significantly and C=C bond was stable. Maybe it was because the infrared spectroscopy is not sensitive for the detection of C=C bond.
Answer: The manuscript point out the local infrared spectra near 3008 cm-1 and 1660 cm-1-1527 cm-1 were taken weekly in lubricants B. but ,the phenomenon of lubricants C were changed significantly. We thought that it is not sensitive of IR. Please save our original opinion.

4. In section 3.1, the author shows that the thermal oxidation reaction of the system is slow under the action of the antioxidant. What is your reference or standard for comparison? Have you done the simulation of TMPTO without the antioxidant?
Answer: We also simulated reaction process of lubricating oil A for comparative results of number and type of molecules,and set up Thermal oxidation process o TMPTO in Fig 8. So that we could discusse the thermal oxidation mechanism of TMPTO with two antioxidants respectively.

5. In section 3.2, the author used the expression of “compared with the change of lubricating oil A”. What is the meaning of “lubricating oil A”?
Answer: A represents a sample of TMPTO. I would like to modify the sentence of section 2.2 mark red.

6. In the section 3.4, the anti-oxidtive function of phenolic hydroxy of phenol antioxidant was seemingly not obtained in your simulation of lubricating oil C. As a radical scavenger, the phenolic hyroxy generally detaches its active hydrogen atom. It needs to be explained.
Answer: Certainly, some relative phenol antioxidant was reported that radical scavenger could be detached its active hydrogen atom. But also ,there are out of evidence. In my research ,we get the reaction process of phenol antioxidant Octadecyl 3-(3,5-di-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyphenyl)propanoate with base oil TMPTO in FIG 9. It is show the main mechanism of action of antioxidants.①The antioxidant is firstly decomposed into octadecyl hydroperoxide and 2,6-di-tert-butyl-4-propionic phenol group,which also detached its active hydrogen atom. What`more, ②The 2,6-di-tert-butyl-4-ethyl-phenol radical transition state immediately formed is beneficial to the lubricating oil to maintain its oxidation resistance under low temperature conditions.

Best regards to you!
Wen Zhan

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##### Decision Letter
2020/03/08

08-Mar-2020

Dear Dr. Zhan:

Manuscript ID ilt-01-2020-0037 entitled "The thermal oxidation mechanism of TMPTO with antioxidants investigated by ReaxFF MD" which you submitted to the Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, has been reviewed. The comments of the reviewer(s) are included at the bottom of this letter.

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Reviewer: 1

This paper investigated the oxidation behavior of TMPTO oil involving the amine or phenol antioxidant using the experimental analysis and molecular dynamics simulation. The complicated oxidation process of TMPTO and the function of antioxidatnts were obtained. Before formal acceptance, some questions need to be improved for clarity.

1. In the process of molecular dynamics simulation with ReaxFF force field, the author need to give the information including the size of the simulated model and some relevant references about potential parameters of ReaxFF force field.

2. In section 2.2, what is the meaning of “molecular crystalline state”? Generally, the lubricating oil is in amorphous state.

3. In the experimental section (section 2.3), the details of oxidation methods of lubricating oils need to be added.

4. In the analysis of infrared spectra, did the expressions of 3008 cm-1 and 3011 cm-1 express a same peak? If yes, you’d better to use one wavenumber. Besides, the author shows that the peak at 1660 did not change significantly and C=C bond was stable. Maybe it was because the infrared spectroscopy is not sensitive for the detection of C=C bond.

5. In section 3.1, the author shows that the thermal oxidation reaction of the system is slow under the action of the antioxidant. What is your reference or standard for comparison? Have you done the simulation of TMPTO without the antioxidant?

6. In section 3.2, the author used the expression of “compared with the change of lubricating oil A”. What is the meaning of “lubricating oil A”?

7. In the section 3.4, the anti-oxidtive function of phenolic hydroxy of phenol antioxidant was seemingly not obtained in your simulation of lubricating oil C. As a radical scavenger, the phenolic hyroxy generally detaches its active hydrogen atom. It needs to be explained.

Reviewer: 2

Reviewer: 1

This paper investigated the oxidation behavior of TMPTO oil involving the amine or phenol antioxidant using the experimental analysis and molecular dynamics simulation. The complicated oxidation process of TMPTO and the function of antioxidatnts were obtained. Before formal acceptance, some questions need to be improved for clarity.

1. In the process of molecular dynamics simulation with ReaxFF force field, the author need to give the information including the size of the simulated model and some relevant references about potential parameters of ReaxFF force field.

2. In section 2.2, what is the meaning of “molecular crystalline state”? Generally, the lubricating oil is in amorphous state.

3. In the experimental section (section 2.3), the details of oxidation methods of lubricating oils need to be added.

4. In the analysis of infrared spectra, did the expressions of 3008 cm-1 and 3011 cm-1 express a same peak? If yes, you’d better to use one wavenumber. Besides, the author shows that the peak at 1660 did not change significantly and C=C bond was stable. Maybe it was because the infrared spectroscopy is not sensitive for the detection of C=C bond.

5. In section 3.1, the author shows that the thermal oxidation reaction of the system is slow under the action of the antioxidant. What is your reference or standard for comparison? Have you done the simulation of TMPTO without the antioxidant?

6. In section 3.2, the author used the expression of “compared with the change of lubricating oil A”. What is the meaning of “lubricating oil A”?

7. In the section 3.4, the anti-oxidtive function of phenolic hydroxy of phenol antioxidant was seemingly not obtained in your simulation of lubricating oil C. As a radical scavenger, the phenolic hyroxy generally detaches its active hydrogen atom. It needs to be explained.

Originality: Does the paper contain new and significant information adequate to justify publication?: yes, but before formal acceptance, some questions need to be improved for clarity

Relationship to Literature: Does the paper demonstrate an adequate understanding of the relevant literature in the field and cite an appropriate range of literature sources? Is any signficant work ignored?: yes

Methodology: Is the paper's argument built on an appropriate base of theory, concepts, or other ideas? Has the research or equivalent intellectual work on which the paper is based been well designed? Are the methods employed appropriate?: yes, but some questions need to answer.

Results: Are results presented clearly and analysed appropriately? Do the conclusions adequately tie together the other elements of the paper?: yes

Practicality and/or Research implications: Does the paper identify clearly any implications for practice and/or further research? Are these implications consistent withthe findings and conclusions of the paper?: yes

Quality of Communication: Does the paper clearly express its case, measured against the technical language of the field and the expected knowledge of the journal's readership? Has attention been paid to the clarity of expression and readability, such as sentence structure, jargon use, acronyms, etc.: yes

Reproducible Research: If appropriate, is sufficient information, potentially including data and software, provided to reproduce the results and are the corresponding datasets formally cited?: yes, but some areas need minor repairs

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Reviewer: 2

Originality: Does the paper contain new and significant information adequate to justify publication?: Yes, it is.

Relationship to Literature: Does the paper demonstrate an adequate understanding of the relevant literature in the field and cite an appropriate range of literature sources? Is any signficant work ignored?: The paper demonstrate an adequate experiment such as the ReaxFF moculular dynamics to stimulate thermal oxidation process of Butyl Octyl Diphenylamine and octadecyl3- etc.
There is no significant work to be ignored.

Methodology: Is the paper's argument built on an appropriate base of theory, concepts, or other ideas? Has the research or equivalent intellectual work on which the paper is based been well designed? Are the methods employed appropriate?: The paper has been built up their own idea to demonstrate the effect of two antioxidant addivies on the TMPTO base oil. It was employed appropriate.

Results: Are results presented clearly and analysed appropriately? Do the conclusions adequately tie together the other elements of the paper?: Yes, the results presented clearly.

Practicality and/or Research implications: Does the paper identify clearly any implications for practice and/or further research? Are these implications consistent withthe findings and conclusions of the paper?: Yes, the implications consitstent with the findings and conclusions.

Quality of Communication: Does the paper clearly express its case, measured against the technical language of the field and the expected knowledge of the journal's readership? Has attention been paid to the clarity of expression and readability, such as sentence structure, jargon use, acronyms, etc.: Yes, the quality of communication is good for the paper.

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2020/03/01

This paper investigated the oxidation behavior of TMPTO oil involving the amine or phenol antioxidant using the experimental analysis and molecular dynamics simulation. The complicated oxidation process of TMPTO and the function of antioxidatnts were obtained. Before formal acceptance, some questions need to be improved for clarity.

1. In the process of molecular dynamics simulation with ReaxFF force field, the author need to give the information including the size of the simulated model and some relevant references about potential parameters of ReaxFF force field.

2. In section 2.2, what is the meaning of “molecular crystalline state”? Generally, the lubricating oil is in amorphous state.

3. In the experimental section (section 2.3), the details of oxidation methods of lubricating oils need to be added.

4. In the analysis of infrared spectra, did the expressions of 3008 cm-1 and 3011 cm-1 express a same peak? If yes, you’d better to use one wavenumber. Besides, the author shows that the peak at 1660 did not change significantly and C=C bond was stable. Maybe it was because the infrared spectroscopy is not sensitive for the detection of C=C bond.

5. In section 3.1, the author shows that the thermal oxidation reaction of the system is slow under the action of the antioxidant. What is your reference or standard for comparison? Have you done the simulation of TMPTO without the antioxidant?

6. In section 3.2, the author used the expression of “compared with the change of lubricating oil A”. What is the meaning of “lubricating oil A”?

7. In the section 3.4, the anti-oxidtive function of phenolic hydroxy of phenol antioxidant was seemingly not obtained in your simulation of lubricating oil C. As a radical scavenger, the phenolic hyroxy generally detaches its active hydrogen atom. It needs to be explained.

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