In the framework of the European M-ERA.NET project, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering is coordinating the GreenCOAT project

date: 11.12.2017

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The Laboratory for Tribology and Interface Nanotechnology at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, in cooperation with top academic partners, the University of Coimbra, founded in 1290, which is one of the oldest continuously functioning global universities, the recognized Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and industrial partners in the fields of hydraulics (Tajfun d.o.o.), surface coatings (TEandM) and green oil and gas extraction technologies (National OilWell Varco), has succeeded in acquiring the European project GreenCOAT – Green high performance and low-friction interfaces tailored to the reactivity of novel DLC coatings and ionic liquids within the M-ERA.NET program (from 1. 8. 2017 to 31. 7. 2020). Prof. Dr. Mitjan Kalin is the coordinator of the entire project, with which the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering is consolidating an important role in the field of green technologies in the European area.

 

The proposed project focuses on the design of novel high-performance green DLC coating contact  interface, enabled through new advanced HiPIMS DLC coatings deposition technology, tailored for harmless ionic liquid lubrication technology that satisfy strict requirements on greenhouse emissions and is indispensably required for future heavy-loaded lubricated mechanical components in transportation and industrial systems.  Namely, current UN, EU and national emission legislations already restricts some of today’s key lubricants, but new solutions are not yet available. Prof. dr. Mitjan Kalin explains: "If in the near future, i.e. before introducing even stricter limits, no new effective green alternatives are developed for today's top-of-the-line but environmentally unfriendly lubricants, the technical characteristics and durability of many machines and appliances will deteriorate significantly, wear and tear will increase, and consequently the industrial investment cycle will be shortened, which will have great economic and social consequences."

 

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The key industrial partners are the Slovenian company Tajfun, one of the leading European manufacturers in some segments of hydraulic components; TeandM, a Portuguese company that develops top-notch innovative surface coatings; and National OilWell Varco, an American multinational company, the world leader in the production of components for oil and gas wells and the environmentally friendly support of oilfield services. The current content, the high-quality scientific solutions, and the collaboration with top academic and industrial partners have convinced and elicited the confidence of the M-ERA.NET program in the successful outcome of the project, which will result in the commercialization of new environmentally friendly surface technologies for industrial hydraulic drive systems.

 

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