Framework Programme 7 for R&D
About Hercules
  Workpackage 1: Extreme Parameters Engines
  Workpackage 2: Combustion
  Workpackage 3: Turbocharging
  Workpackage 5: Exhaust Emission Reduction
  Workpackage 6: Overall power train optimization
  Workpackage 7: Advanced Materials, Friction and Wear
  Task 7.2
  Workpackage 8: Electronics and Control
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Workpackage 7: Advanced Materials, Friction and Wear
The improvement of mechanical efficiency of engines can directly reduce fuel consumption. The reduction in frictional losses requires development in tribology and wear-resistant materials.
In Workpackage 7: Advanced Materials, Friction and Wear, new piston-ring tribology codes will be utilised with new friction and wear models, and validated with performance data from test rigs as well as from controlled full-scale piston-ring running experiments on-engine. A new low-friction guide-shoe bearing will be developed and tested full-scale on an experimental large two-stroke engine. In both cases the objective will be a substantial reduction in friction losses. The WP7 has strong links with WP1: Extreme Parameter Engine and also WP3: Turbocharging.
The Workpackage 7 consists of one Task:
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