Xtribology - Enhanced wear protection using nanostructured materials and nanoparticles

Project duration

2015 - 2020

Project Category


Contact Information

prof. dr. Mitjan Kalin


AC²T Austrian Center of Competence for Tribology GmbH (Austria)

Two main constituents of tribology are friction and wear, the control and reduction of both parameters are critical for proper functionality of machine elements.

Modern machines have more complex components mechanism which requires stricter high quality lubrication to enable withstanding high contact pressures and temperatures. Extreme pressure (EP) and Anti wear (AW) additives are typically adopted to improve the tribological performance of liquid lubricants in reducing friction and surface damage under severe conditions.

Nanoparticles in tribology have attracted considerable interest in recent years because of their excellent physical and chemical properties. The use of nanoparticles in oils is an emerging concept in lubrication, to enhance tribological properties of lubricants, such as load-carrying capacity, anti-wear, and friction-reducing properties between moving mechanical components.

The main objective of the project is to investigate the tribological performance of nanoparticles accompanied with conventional additives, in order to find viable industrial applications.