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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.