STTR Phase I: Advanced Nanofluids for Grinding Minimum Quantity Lubrication

Period of Performance: 01/01/2010 - 12/31/2010

$147K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Nanomech, LLC
535 W Research Blvd, Suite 135, M/S 100
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

University of Arkansas
210 Administration Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Institution POC

Abstract

This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project aims to develop nanoparticle-based lubricant additives to enhance Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL) in high-energy grinding. Nanoparticle-based lubricant additives for specific applications will first be synthesized. Then a special system to deliver tribofilms at the tool-workpiece interfaces for selective lubrication will be developed. This technology is expected to significantly reduce friction and heat generation at the machining interface, resulting in excellent surface finish and reduced thermo-mechanical damage while maintaining surface integrity of machined parts.