SW_MICROLUB

Call number
04
Micro-Lubrication
2009-2010
Strategic focus
Composites & Processes
Metallic Alloys & Processes
Industries

Tecnolub (leader)
BfB Oil Research
Numflo
Taipro Engineering

Research bodies

ULB
ULg

 
Total budget

1,2 M€

Project type
R&D

The MicroLub project aims to develop an innovative technique for micro-lubrication of cutting tools for various manufacturing machines.

The following benefits are expected:

  • strong reduction of the oil consumption (with a target of at least 50% relative to existing Tecnolub micro-lubrication systems, but up to 85% compared to conventional solutions of lubrication);
  • more efficient use of oil lubrication and cooling by use of localized and optimized micro-jets to form an oil film;
  • optimum composition of the lubricating biphasic mixture (air-oil, air-oil-nitrogen, ...) according to the machined material, thereby optimizing the use of the lubricant mixture to specific cutting conditions;
  • the use of adapted lubricants, bio-resistant and bio-degradable;
  • a secure and effective regulation of flows and operating conditions of the lubricating fluid.

In addition to the advantages mentioned above, this innovation will also:

  • Get dry or dryer chips that can be more easily recycled;
  • improve the working environment in workshops, greatly reducing pollution and odors.
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