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Tailoring of Tribological Interfaces for Clean and Energy-Efficient Diesel and Gasoline Power Trains

Objective

Durability and friction control in internal combustion engines is currently delivered from a complex package of lubricant additives in a fully formulated engine oil. These oil additives, through tribochemical interaction with the surface, produce nanostructured composite, self-healing and smart tribofilms at the surface. 2020 Interface involves the design of the complete system; functionalised Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coating and future generation lubricant to enable the Europe’s stretching targets in fuel economy and durability to be met. There has been much emphasis in research on designing new coatings technology such that the degree of complexity of surface systems has increased dramatically over the last decade. In boundary lubricated contacts, it is the interfacial nanostructured film, which results from tribochemical interactions between the surface and the lubricant additives, which dictates the system performance. No attempts have been made to incorporate “design” strategies into optimizing this interface and 2020 Interface tackles this through an interdisciplinary integrated experimental and theoretical approach. The benefits of this approach are accrued from substantial improved fuel economy (protection of natural resources), reduced emissions (protection of the environment) and improved durability (lower waste and maintenance). As the number of vehicles in the globe increases year on year without showing signs of reaching a plateau and the internal combustion engine remains the major platform for powertrain for the foreseeable future, the impact of this project will be large and long lasting. 2020 Interface brings together a world class consortium of 4 Universities, 1 research institute and 4 leading multinational companies from 8 EU countries together in complete supply chain to deliver fast track radical innovation in nanoscience through to a full set of novel lubrication technology platforms, for commercial applications in diesel and

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/tribology/lubrication

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 810 355
Administrative Contact
Jacqueline Kidd (Ms.)

Participants (10)

FACULDADE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA

Participation ended

Portugal
Address
Rua Silvio Lima, Polo Ii - Universidade De Coimbra
3030-790 Coimbra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joao Gabriel Silva (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 255 680
Address
Paco Das Escolas
3001 451 Coimbra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joao Gabriel Silva (Prof.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 271 992
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mitjan Kalin (Prof.)
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 401 478
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dennis Slik (Mr.)
INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 96 597
Address
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jadran Lenarcic (Prof.)
SOLERAS ADVANCED COATINGS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 22 158
Address
E-3 Laan 75-79
9800 Deinze
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael De Maegt (Dr.)
LUBRIZOL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 155 916
Address
The Knowle Nether Lane Hazelwood
DE56 4AN Derby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Durham (Mr.)
VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 305 229
Address
Gotaverksgatan 10
405 08 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Per Henrik Nilsson (Dr.)
SKF BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 119 583
Address
Meidoornkade 14
3992 AE Houten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Xia Bo Zhou (Dr.)
SULZER SOREVI
France
EU contribution
€ 152 702
Address
Allee Skylab, Parc D'ester 5
87068 Limoges Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Berland (Mr.)