Solid lubricants have been known and used for decades. They have been particularly successful in several demanding applications, such as the aerospace industry or nuclear reactors; however, market penetration is still very limited. There are several reasons for this, such as lack of experience, conservativeness of the producers, and higher initial costs limiting mass production. However, the main obstacle is the lack of education and training in multidisciplinary skills needed to understand, improve and apply novel solid lubricants. Frictional and wear processes are extremely complex and only synergy of simulations and experiments can overcome present limitations. Another obstacle is the traditional “fix-it” approach still widely used in surface engineering. Solid lubricants must enter the design process of a mechanical system in order to demonstrate the full benefit.
SOLUTION program has following ambition: