yet2 is seeking candidate companies interested in licensing and commercializing a surface texture technology that reduces friction between lubricated, sliding surfaces–such as those in industrial machinery and automotive applications. This technology comprises a broad set of patented patterns of surface features, applied to lubricated sliding surfaces through any of a number of common fabrication techniques/equipment. These surface textures have been proven to encourage and maintain a stable fluid film during sliding contact, providing demonstrable and significant performance benefits over other surface texturing approaches. The technology owner, a major sealing components company, is available to cooperatively aid the technology transfer process to promote successful commercialization.

Benefits

This surface texture technology provides as much as 75% reduction in dynamic and breakout (static) friction over other surface texturing approaches, which makes lubrication more effective, more consistent over a long period of time, and last longer by reducing heat buildup. It does not eliminate the need for a fluid lubricant, but may reduce the amount needed over a given period of time. In certain use cases, it may also allow cheaper or less viscous lubrications to be used without affecting performance.

Processing/Implementation

These surface textures are not tied to any singular processing/fabrication method. Depending on the application and scale, both flexible, the textures could be fabricated and applied to contact surfaces through any one of a variety of processing techniques and equipment, including but not limited to micromilling, stamping, laser and wire EDM processes. This provides flexibility for a commercialization partner to fit the technology into current processing flow with minimal disruption, and to generate proprietary IP and expertise around a particular method of implementation.

Applications

This technology is specifically designed for movement control systems where fluid lubricants are used in conjunction with sliding contact surfaces.

Application areas include:

  • Automotive engine components
  • Machine tooling
  • Power generation systems
  • Precision movement systems
  • Robotics
  • Hydraulics
  • General plain/journal bearings

To learn more about this technology, the technology developer/owner, and the opportunity to incorporate this technology into your business, please email Daniel Soltan.