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Fullerene-based opportunities for robust engineering: making optimised surfaces for tribology

Fullerene-based opportunities for robust engineering: making optimised surfaces for tribology

Objective

The overall objective of the integrated project is to provide industry with radically new composite coating systems, based on the incorporation of inorganic fullerene-like nanoparticles. The application of the composite coatings will be for surfaces and lu bricants, in order to significantly reduce and control friction and wear in tribological contacts. The ultimate aim is to reduce friction as well as to extend operational life, reduce maintenance requirements and reduce the environmental impact of a wide r ange of mechanical elements for the aerospace, automotive, power generation (energy) and manufacturing industrial sectors. The new materials that will be developed can be grouped into three categories: Nanocomposite hard coatings, consisting of a hard matr ix containing self-lubricant fullerene-like (FL) nanoparticles Polymeric coatings and paints incorporating the Fullerene-like nanoparticles Lubricants and greases containing fullerene-like nanoparticles for complex systems where only some parts can be lubr icated or coated with the new nanocomposites These new materials will allow independent control of tribological properties usually known as antagonists (very high load bearing capacity with a very low friction coefficient). This breakthrough in coatings an d materials design will mean a radical innovation in lubrication and wear protection concepts, rather than an incremental advance in either reducing wear or improving friction behaviour. Success will require the development of innovative coating processes and incorporation techniques for the production of these unique nano-composites. Although initial work will focus on the incorporation of existing inorganic fullerene nanoparticles with onion-like or nanotube structures, significant research effort will be concentrated on the discovery and development of new inorganic fullerene-like materials (IFLMs) to fulfil the expected industrial requirements.

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FUNDACION TEKNIKER

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Administrative Contact

Alberto ALBERDI (Mr)

Participants (34)

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IONBOND LIMITED

United Kingdom

NANOMATERIALS LTD.

Israel

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC

United Kingdom

REGIENOV G.E.I.E.

France

MICROCOAT SPA

Italy

FUCHS EUROPE SCHMIERSTOFFE GMBH

Germany

GOODRICH CONTROL SYSTEMS LTD.

United Kingdom

EADS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

FUNDACION FATRONIK

Spain

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK

Belgium

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

France

RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR TECHNICAL PHYSICS AND MATERIALS SCIENCE, HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Hungary

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

BUNDESANSTALT FUR MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRUFUNG

Germany

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE

United Kingdom

NPL MANAGEMENT LTD

United Kingdom

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA

Portugal

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF E. V.

Germany

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & MEDICINE

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

Italy

LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

RAILKO LTD

United Kingdom

SPOLEK PRO CHEMICKOU A HUTNI VYROBU, A.S.

Czechia

IONBOND AG OLTEN

Switzerland

KENOSISTEC SRL

Italy

CONSORZIO PER LA PROMOZIONE DELLA CULTURA PLASTICA

Italy

ROLLS-ROYCE GOODRICH ENGINE CONTROL SYSTEMS LIMITED

United Kingdom

RENAULT S.A.S.

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 515840

  • Start date

    1 September 2005

  • End date

    28 February 2010

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 18 658 550

  • EU contribution

    € 11 598 999

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION TEKNIKER

Spain