A new initiative called "The Technical Standards Development and Application Demonstration Base of Graphene-Modified Lubricants" was launched at LiuGong’s Global R&D Center in Liuzhou, China. Co-built by the China Innovation Alliance of the Graphene Industry and Guangxi Liugong Machinery (a leading China-based construction equipment manufacturer), it aims to become a major base in China that concentrates on the transformation of graphene’s scientific research into real world applications.
The partnership also includes building a joint laboratory and undertaking independent test tasks from other companies in the future. The initiative will push the R&D and innovation of graphene-modified lubricant products at LiuGong and will also give the firm a chance to participate in drafting industry standards directly.
LiuGong says it has achieved breakthroughs in the development of graphene-modified lubricants, in the practice of dispersion stability of graphene and graphene lubricants formulation. The firm says it has also established a standard and evaluation system for the determination of graphene additives. The specific lubricants modified by graphene materials have shown significant improvements in the resistance and friction reduction against extreme pressure. This is said to provide a breakthrough for the solutions to solve the long-term recessive problems such as the wear and noise of key components under tough conditions.
LiuGong intends to complete three kinds of graphene-modified lubricants in two years and achieve the application in LiuGong’s CE products in five years. The intentions also include the launch of correlative products and parts, and subsequently to influence the relative industries such as automobile and steel.