Development and scale up of innovative nanotechnology based processes for new formulation lubricants

G. Özcan-Taşkın, I. Garcia, M. Sgroi, F. Pagliarulo, P. Aguirre, F. Dassenoy, B. Fenouil, A. Margolin, P. Ciambelli, D. Fino, S. Csillag, G. Kraft
BHR Group, UK

Keywords: fluid lubricants, nanoparticles

Summary:

Fluid lubricants are used in almost every field of human technological activity and their purpose is multifold: they reduce frictional resistance, protect against wear between contacting surfaces, remove wear debris, reduce heating and improve fuel economy. The overall aim of this multi-partner, multi-disciplinary project has been to develop new formulation lubricants containing nanoparticles with improved performance. The main objective of the Project has been to overcome the technological barriers relating to the development of large scale market introduction of new generation of lubricants of improved performance with nanomaterials in their formulation. Two key end-user applications targeted are the crankcaseengine oil and bearing grease.Nanoscale particles have shown indications that they can contribute to friction reduction and enhancing protection against wear. Two types of nanoparticles specifically considered within have been tungsten disulphide (WS2) and molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), which are known to be lubricious materials. This project has been successful in several areas to achieve its objectives. See full PDF.