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Posted: June 23, 2008

New Patented CerMet Metal Restoration Product Displays Fuel Savings Properties Through Significant Friction Reduction

(Nanowerk News) CerMet Lab Company has received a U.S. patent for a nano-particle ceramic conditioner product that restores metal and reduces friction in metal-to-metal environments. The process has proven to significantly improve fuel economy in both diesel and gas-powered engines, as well as provide energy savings in other mechanical devices. Performance and product life are also improved. This is the first product that allows inexpensive ceramic treatment of engines, without disassembly.
The benefits of ceramic parts and coatings, known for nearly fifty years, include increased part longevity, heat reduction, friction reduction, as well as anti-corrosion properties. The Department of Energy states that ceramics have been proven to dramatically improve performance, energy efficiency, power density, and in the case of diesel engines - lower exhaust emissions.
During treatment with CerMet (an abbreviation of "ceramic-metal"), engine oil is used to carry CerMet's microscopic ceramic nano-particles to the friction zones, to bond to the metal surfaces without any disassembly or downtime. A physiochemical process transforms the metal's surface into an integrated ceramic-metal structure that emulates the properties of pure ceramic and significantly reduces friction with a notable reduction in surface roughness.
Interest in fuel-saving strategies is high. Michael Anderson, Director of Engine Development, General Motors, stated at the recent SAE 2008 World Congress that friction reduction could help improve a vehicle's fuel economy by 13% to 16% (as reported in the World Congress Daily, 4/15/08). SAE J1321 Type II fuel consumption tests performed by independent testing companies worldwide, including Claude Travis & Associates, have verified that the CerMet treatment provides a measurable and repeatable improvement in fuel economy.
Major carriers, such as Hiner and Estrella Blanca, are documenting considerable increases in fuel economy and experiencing high return-on-investment. In addition to large and small fleet use, other applications with similar findings include engines and gearboxes that power trucks, buses and RVs, as well as marine and other applications. Recently, a city police department acknowledged fuel savings ranging from 10 to 15% after applying CerMet.
CerMet CEO Dean Rose said: "Our product represents the meeting of nano-technology, green initiatives, and the now urgent imperative to reduce fuel consumption costs. Our early successes in the transportation industries are the foundation for accelerated growth. Our product is easy to apply, and provides a very high return-on-investment for the user."
In engine applications, the treatment improves fuel economy for approximately 60,000 miles of operation, and involves merely adding the CerMet product to the oil, which carries the ceramic nano-particles to the friction zones. Unlike traditional ceramic coating methods, no disassembly or downtime is required, allowing CerMet to provide a guaranteed return-on-investment for over-the-road vehicles ... just in fuel savings alone.
Metal restoration, protection, and enhancement are prime benefits of the ceramic bonding process. Friction-worn areas within engines, transmissions, and bearing mechanisms can be restored to like-new condition by the ceramic integration. Reduced noise and vibration have been noted in engine applications, as well as improved oil pressure, cylinder compression, and overall performance. Oil consumption and harmful exhaust emissions are also reduced, and these benefits can be as significant as the fuel savings.
Source: CerMet Lab Company
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