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Towards long-life bio-lubricants using advanced design and monitoring tools (BIOMON)


The objective of BIOMON Project is to develop long life biolubricants based on high performance native esters (TMP, Pentaerithrol) and high temperature and oxidation resistant biodegradable greases based on polyurea thickeners (methyl diisocyanate types) mixed with native esters. Advanced design techniques (Latin squares, DoE,.. .) will be coupled with advanced maintenance and monitoring strategies (Root-cause analysis, Condition monitoring, Reliability based maintenance) to provide optimised quality lif etime for bio-lubricant operation. These advanced techniques will be finally automated so that monitoring means can be available to SME's companies. It is expected to increase a 10-20% the speed limits and performance (20% reduction of wear and life imp rovement)of actual lubricants. The use of advanced tools and the reduction of a 10% the quantity of used lubricant, should help to decrease the maintenance cost a 30%. This project will contribute to increase the agricultural activities, growing vegetabl e oils as a source of native esters. The advanced system for monitoring biolubs and the data base for selecting biolubricants will be available in Internet (website of the project at different access levels). The consortium is lead by the SME manufactur er of lubricants ROWE (Germany) that will develop suitable lubricants for different applications: rolling bearings manufactured by the SME FERSA (Spain), gears manufactured by BRITO (Portugal) and screw balls manufactured by SHUTON (Spain). The consortiu m is completed by MONITION (UK), organisation in charge to develop advanced monitoring tools for the control of the biolubricants. The consortium is supported by 2 centers of excellence in Tribology, formulation of biolubricants and condition monitoring TEKNIKER (Spain) and INEGI (Portugal) that will support the research activities of the project. According to the report from Frost and Sullivan, a potential market of 516-614M¿ ofbiolubs is waiting. The project will contribute to standards elaboration, in the field of laboratory simulation of critical components, analysis methods for used and artificially contaminated biolubs, biodegradability and ecotoxicity of non water soluble compounds and thickeners, seals compatibility of biolubs, condition monit oring of biolubs.

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