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The development and scale-up of innovative nanotechnology-based processes into the value chain of the lubricants market

The development and scale-up of innovative nanotechnology-based processes into the value chain of the lubricants market

Objective

The objective of the AddNano project is to investigate the prospects for overcoming the many existing technological barriers in the supply and usage chain, towards the establishment of a large scale market introduction of a new generation of fluid lubricants incorporating nanomaterials. The AddNano consortium combines technological expertise and industrial representation from all parts of the prospective value chain to investigate the development of new nano-based lubricants. Fluid lubricants are used in almost every field of human technological activity and their purpose is multifold: they reduce frictional resistance, protect the engine against wear between contacting surfaces, remove wear debris, reduce heating and contribute to cooling, improve fuel economy, improve emissions. Advanced nanomaterials recently developed, such as inorganic fullerene-like materials (IF’s) and others, have shown some initial promise for their contribution to reducing friction and enhancing protection against wear. If able to be developed into full commercial-scale production, if they can be incorporated in a stable fashion into full formulations, and if their performance benefits relative to the best of conventional technologies can be sustained under those circumstances, they offer the prospect for some performance breakthroughs not seen since the development of the now ubiquitous anti-wear additives, Zinc Dialkyl Dithiophosphates (ZDDP’s), around 70 years ago. Within engine oils and other lubricant applications, such as transmission fluids, and for greases used in rotational bearings, the potential exists for lubricants containing nanomaterials to significantly reduce friction and enhance machine durability. This can contribute to substantial energy savings, reduced equipment maintenance and longer machine lifetime.
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Coordinator

VIRTUALPIE LTD

Address

The Fluid Engineering Centre
Mk43 0aj Cranfield

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 2 029 589

Administrative Contact

Gerry Mcnulty (Mr.)

Participants (16)

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BHR GROUP LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 557 694

FUNDACION CIDETEC

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 482 110

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 412 656

INS s.a.r.l.

France

EU Contribution

€ 367 188

KRAFFT S.L.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 245 508

ECOLE CENTRALE DE LYON

France

EU Contribution

€ 687 543

MULTISOL FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 247 200

NANOMATERIALS LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 1 384 592

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SALERNO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 654 000

Petronas Lubricants Italy

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 28 884

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 633 493

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 343 164

WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 217 867

RICARDO CONSULTING ENGINEERS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 124 165

FUCHS PETROLUB AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 50 750

Infineum UK Ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 36 300

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 229284

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2009

  • End date

    28 February 2014

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 12 341 438,97

  • EU contribution

    € 8 502 703

Coordinated by:

VIRTUALPIE LTD

United Kingdom