Tribology and fatigue of polymers with inorganic nanotubes and nanowires

The Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón (ITAINNOVA) has been executing since January 2014 the national basic research project TapPING, whose objective is focused on the study of the benefits that inorganic nanotubes and nanowires can bring in terms of tribological and mechanical properties to the main industrial polymers.

Based on this study, the following will be established the structure-process-properties relationships necessary to guide the nanocomposite processing routes incorporating this type of nanocomposites. filling.

The use of inorganic, rod-type nanomaterials based on MS2 laminated materials (where M refers to metals such as Mo, W, W, W2), etc.), is an interesting alternative to carbon nanotubes, advantages such as ease of synthesis, good quality, good uniformity, solubility, and electrical conductivity.

The results of this project, which will culminate in December 2016, could provide an answer to the need for materials with lower coefficient of friction and higher wear resistance.

This project is co-funded by the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, within the grants corresponding to the 2013 call in the State Program for Research, Development and Innovation Oriented to the Challenges of Society, “Research Challenges”.

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