Tribopolymerization: An advanced lubrication concept for automotive engines and systems of the future

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Advanced lubrication technologies based on the concept of tribopolymerization as a mechanism of boundary lubrication are described. Advantages of this approach as well as potential applications which could have an impact on the design, manufacture, and performance of existing and future automotive engines are presented and discussed. Tribopolymerization, a novel concept of molecular design developed by Furey and Kajdas, involves the continuous formation of thin polymeric films on rubbing surfaces; the protective films formed are self-replenishing. The antiwear compounds developed from this technology are effective with metals as well as ceramics and in the liquid as well as vapor phases. ... continued below

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Furey, M.J.; Kajdas, C. & Kaltenbach, K.W. December 31, 1997.

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  • Furey, M.J. Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg, VA (United States)
  • Kajdas, C. Warsaw Univ. of Technology, Plock (Poland)
  • Kaltenbach, K.W. Triad Investors Corp., Baltimore, MD (United States)

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Advanced lubrication technologies based on the concept of tribopolymerization as a mechanism of boundary lubrication are described. Advantages of this approach as well as potential applications which could have an impact on the design, manufacture, and performance of existing and future automotive engines are presented and discussed. Tribopolymerization, a novel concept of molecular design developed by Furey and Kajdas, involves the continuous formation of thin polymeric films on rubbing surfaces; the protective films formed are self-replenishing. The antiwear compounds developed from this technology are effective with metals as well as ceramics and in the liquid as well as vapor phases. Furthermore, they are ashless and contain no harmful phosphorus or sulfur; and many are biodegradable. Thus, potential applications of this technology are diverse and include a variety of cost/performance/energy/environmental advantages. Examples include the following: (a) machining and cutting applications using thin films to reduce friction and ceramic tool wear; (b) the lubrication of ceramic engines (e.g., low heat rejection diesel engines) or ceramic components; (c) the development of ashless lubricants for existing and future automotive engines to reduce exhaust catalyst poisoning and environmental emissions; (d) ashless antiwear or ``lubricity`` additives for fuels, including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel; (e) vapor phase applications of this technology to high temperature gaseous systems or to fuel injector wear problems associated with the use of natural gas engines; and (f) the use of the concept of tribopolymerization as an enabling technology in the development of new engines and new automotive propulsion systems.

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  • 30. international symposium on automotive technology and automation: in fusion of technical excellence, Florence (Italy), 16-19 Jun 1997

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  • Report No.: CONF-970639--3
  • Grant Number: FG01-95EE15584
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 304028
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc676618

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Furey, M.J.; Kajdas, C. & Kaltenbach, K.W. Tribopolymerization: An advanced lubrication concept for automotive engines and systems of the future, article, December 31, 1997; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc676618/: accessed October 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.