Advancing tribological materials to reduce friction
Applications with moving components in contact such as micro-electromechanical systems or wind turbines are subject to friction and wear and incur significant environmental and economic costs. The emergence of tribological materials is associated with impressive energy savings and CO2 emissions reduction. However, tribology is not yet adequately advanced, and the development of lubricants is still based on empirical methods. The EU-funded SLIDE project will bring the first principles material discovery model to the domain of tribology. The project will develop and apply a protocol to employ tribochemical reactions for reducing friction as well as a system for high-throughput screening of solid interfaces. It will also establish a public database and use machine learning algorithms to identify general trends and rational ways to chemically modify interfaces for pioneering applications.
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