How to Reduce Friction
Why does Friction Matter?
Friction can play a significant role in mechanical systems. When two surfaces rub together it can generate a significant amount of heat, wear, and often unwanted complications. It is essential to understand how to minimize friction in order to maximize the efficiency & reliability of your system.
Problems Caused by Friction
As mentioned, friction can cause critical problems in mechanical systems. The following issues could arise:
How to Reduce Friction?
To prevent failures and reduce inefficiencies, we must consider the whole system. Friction is a system effect, meaning multiple factors within a mechanical system determine the friction that’s present.
This can include factors such as:
What is Dicronite® Dry Lubrication?
Dicronite® is a dry lubricant that is used in mechanical systems to reduce friction, improve performance, and prevent failures.
This thin film coating, made of tungsten disulfide, is incredibly lubricious and can withstand extreme high or low temperatures as well as vacuum environments.
In addition, its 0.5 micron average thickness allows its use on assemblies with extremely tight tolerances. Engineers within all industries have trusted Dicronite® in their most critical applications.
How does Lubrication Reduce Friction?
The molecular structure of Dicronite® forms stacks of thin layers, also referred to as a lamellar structure. These thin layers are connected to each other by weak bonds that are easily broken.
This allows layers to slide along one another with very low resistance. With this in mind, optimal performance with Dicronite® is achieved when both contact surfaces are coated.
When Dicronite® is applied on contact surfaces, the material’s layers provide low friction sliding, effectively lubricating the surfaces.
Why should I use Dicronite® to Reduce Friction?
Originally developed for NASA, Dicronite® is valued for its extreme lubricity and ability to improve performance in various types of industries and applications.
It’s ability to reduce friction and prevent failure in extreme environments like high or low temperatures and vacuum make Dicronite® a critical solution to difficult friction related problems.
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