Friction, Wear, and Lubrication Technologies
Frictional losses in an engine waste fuel — as much as 10 to 20 percent of the total fuel energy, depending on factors such as engine size, type, driving conditions and weather. Reducing these losses by just 10 percent can reduce U.S. fuel consumption by 100,000 barrels of oil per day and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40,000 tonnes per day.
Argonne's Surfaces and Lubrication Interaction, Discovery and Engineering (SLIDE) researchers develop advanced solutions to these problems that integrate fuel-efficient lubricants, low-friction materials and coatings and engineered surfaces to improve fuel economy of legacy vehicles by 2 to 3 percent, and of future vehicles by 4 to 8 percent, while maintaining or improving durability, reliability and emissions characteristics.
SLIDE research encompasses:
- Developing advanced lubricant additives and basefluids, lubricant-boosting materials and coatings
- Conducting mechanistic studies of tribofilm phenomena and mechanical properties
- Correlating lubricant performance and engine/vehicle fuel economy
- Fact Sheets
- Smooth Moves: Argonne's SLIDE program seeks to reduce friction, increase efficiency (article reprint from TransForum transportation newsmagazine, issue 16-1)