We have a wide range of high performance organic friction modifiers, ranging from conventional products such as glycerol mono-oleate to novel polymer based friction modifiers. Organic friction modifiers are molecules that have a polar group and an oil-soluble backbone. They are added to lubricants for the purpose of reducing asperity contacts between opposing surfaces thus reducing friction. The polar head group is responsible for the friction modifier adsorbing onto the metal surface, whilst the hydrocarbon based backbone or tail is key to oil solubility and ensuring film forming properties of the additive.
Using friction modifiers to control friction between surfaces moving relative to each other is fundamental to maximising operating efficiency, maximising energy/fuel efficiency and maximising equipment life-time. It is often desirable for friction modifiers to reduce friction to the lowest level possible but that is not always the desired outcome. In some applications, for example transmission systems, controlling friction between certain limits over a period of time is fundamental to the safe and efficient operation of equipment.
Understanding the 'friction requirements' of a mechanical system and the 'chemical requirements' of a formulation are fundamental to selecting the correct friction modifier; skills that our technical team have developed over the past 20 years. Explore our friction modifier range of partial esters, amides and polymerics and discover products to help solve your formulation problems.
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