Solid lubricants for aerospace applications

Lead Research Organisation: University of Southampton
Department Name: Faculty of Engineering & the Environment


he project core objective is to relate macroscopic and nanoscale friction and wear of novel self-adaptive solid lubricant coatings. The results will be supported by testing of frictional properties of low-dimensional n(2D) sheets both prepared by chemical vapour deposition or directly collected from the worn surfaces. The ultimate aim is to tribological design of a new class of solid lubricants.



Tomas Hudec (Student)


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509747/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1948377 Studentship EP/N509747/1 25/09/2017 30/09/2020 Tomas Hudec
Description In our work, we prepared novel types of lubricant coatings which we have published in a journal article with the name "Structure, mechanical and tribological properties of Mo-S-N solid lubricant coatings". The coatings showed superior properties in many aspects, and thus, can be suitable for high-demanding applications in the industry. We plan to submit two more papers as an outcome of this research project.
Exploitation Route We have show that there are some experimental methods of preparation of solid lubricant thin films which can be used for preparation of low-friction coatings with enhanced properties. These new properties allow using of these coatings for wider range of real life applications and/or for upgrading of the currently used solutions. We have explained why these new materials showed better results.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport

Description Our recently developed low-friction coatings can be used in terrestrial atmosphere due to the improved durability and wear resistance in the humid air. This can be useful for the applications in the aerospace industry - especially in the electrical actuators, where the use of coatings based on Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMDs) is very limited.