Friction & Tribology

One third of the fuel is lost to friction

Friction is the force that resists the relative motion of solid surfaces, fluid layers and material elements sliding against each other. When surfaces in contact move relative to each other, the friction between them converts kinetic energy to thermal energy.

Friction is a component of tribology, which is the science and engineering of interacting surfaces in relative motion. It includes the study and application of the principles of friction, lubrication and wear. Tribology is a branch where mechanical engineering meets materials science.

An international report (Tribology International 47, 2012) estimates that one third of the fuel consumption in a normal combustion engine is due to friction. Around half of this friction loss occurs in the engine and the transmission. In real terms, this means that the average car uses over 300 liters of fuel per year to overcome friction. Which equals more than 230 billion liters of fuel used worldwide.

Triboron Technology’s unique ability to reduce these friction losses would result in instant and sustainable fuel savings as well as lowered environmental impact by vehicles and machines powered by combustion engines.