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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
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
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.