Reduces Wear on Metal Sliding Electrical Contacts, Extending the Lifespan and Value of the Current Collector
This liquid lubricant protects the surfaces of metal contacts, allowing manufactured parts to last longer. Sliding metal contacts are used in motors, gears and other machinery. These contacts are essential to the metal manufacturing industry and the global metals market is expected to reach $872 billion by 2015. Metal-to-metal contacts exhibit increased current density compared to graphite-to-metal contacts, but are they more susceptible to corrosion and friction-induced wear. Long-term fatigue wear of metal sliding electrical contacts increases the rate of oxidation. Oxidation can cause subsurface fatigue cracks, resulting in delamination and the formation of debris particles that destroy the primary anti-wear additive in metal sliding contacts. Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a liquid lubricant for reducing friction between metal contacts and preventing oxidation.
ApplicationA liquid lubricant for application on the surface of metal contacts to reduce friction while preventing oxidation and cold-welding
- Reduces friction between surfaces in manufacturing equipment, extending the lifespan of the metal contacts
- Prevents oxygen from reaching the contacts, significantly reducing the rate of oxidation and corrosion
- Prohibits the binding of the two metal surfaces (cold-welding), allowing for smooth and unhindered movement