Lubrication

Silicone lubricants, based on fluids, pastes or greases, are designed to reduce friction between different body parts that are in contact such as plastics, rubbers, metals and glass.

Good lubrication is essential, sometimes under extreme conditions of temperature and mechanical stress: car starter motors work even in the coldest winter weather, taps do not seize or leak and moving mechanical parts do not over-heat and remain intact.

Silicone lubricants are used in gearboxes, viscosity clutch systems, diffusion pumps and food processing amongst many others things. They are also used for sewing yarns, where they limit increases in temperature due to friction and avoid deterioration of the yarns, and to ensure the safety and correct operation of diesel motors by damping the vibrations that they produce.

Lubrification under the Microscope

 

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