The article reviews laboratory and operational studies on the electrical effect on motor oils to reduce friction and wear of interfaces, improve engine performance, and reduce fuel consumption. The authors describe tests on a TRB-S-DE tribometer and SMT-1 friction machine upon entry of zinc, tin, copper, aluminum, iron, and carbon electrodes into motor oil and application of a DC voltage up to 100 V. At the optimal electrode voltage, the friction coefficient decreases markedly, as does wear by up to 2.7–2.9 times.
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Gvozdev, A.A., Dunaev, A.V. Reduced Intensity of Wear During Electrical Action on Oils. J. Frict. Wear 41, 282–286 (2020). https://doi.org/10.3103/S106836662003006X
- electrical activation
- friction machine
- fuel consumption