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Dicronite dry lubrication is a precision thin film (maximum 0.5 microns thickness) lubricant widely used in space, aerospace, plastics, semiconductor and mechanical applications. Dicronite dry lubrication reduces friction, heat and wear with a very low coefficient of friction (0.030) over a wide temperature range (-188C to +538C) on all metallic substrates. Dicronite dry lubrication is applied at near ambient temperatures and does not flake or chip off. Dicronite dry lubrication does not utilize carriers or binders and is environmentally friendly. Meeting SAE AMS2530, Military Specification DOD-L-85645 and biocompatibility specification ISO-10993, Dicronite dry lubrication is well proven. Dicronite dry lubrication is RoHS compliant, NADCAP accredited and AMS9100 compliant. Dicronite dry lubrication reduces friction and wear in the Mars Explorer Rover and the United States Space Shuttle due to it’s low outgassing in high temperature and hard vacuum conditions. Dicronite dry lubrication (AMS2530 Compliant) is also widely used in the military and commercial aircraft on fasteners, couplings, bushings, bearings, and spools. The plastics industry relies on Dicronite dry lubrication for mold release and to reduce friction and wear on mold components and ejector pins. Dicronite dry lubrication also reduces stick-slip. The plastics industry values the thin film thickness, non-contaminating, and wide functional temperature range of Dicronite dry lubrication. The semiconductor equipment industry utilizes Dicronite dry lubrication to address challenging issues in precision tolerances and vacuum operating conditions under cleanroom environments. Dicronite dry lubrication is utilized to reduce friction and wear in high technology equipment. Dicronite dry lubrication is widely used to reduce friction, heat and wear in roller and linear bearings, gears, roller screws, splines, valves, sleeves, and rings in various types of mechanical equipment. Dicronite dry lubrication is also used as co-lubricant with traditional oils and greases.
 

 

 

Key to Dicronite dry lubrication’s wide range of applications are its:

 

  • Ultra-low coefficient of friction (u=0.030)
  • Precision film thickness of 0.5 microns maximum (0.000020 inches)
  • Wide functional temperature span – 188C to +538C (up to +1316C in vacuum)
  • Near ambient temperature (max 35C) application process

Based on these key values, Dicronite dry lubrication is proven world-wide for:

 

  • Friction and wear reduction
  • Anti-seize / anti-galling / anti-fretting
  • Plastic mold release and flow enhancement
  • Co-lubrication enhancement in combination with oils and greases
  • Co-deposit with Ni, Cr, Ti and many other coatings
  • In place of conventional lubricants in high-vacuum/temperature situations

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

  • Hardness – 1.0  – 1.5 Moh’s scale
  • Thickness – 0.000020 inch (0.5 microns) “maximum”
  • Appearance – silvergray, polished rhodium
  • No binders, adhesives or solvents
  • Cure Time – no cure time required
  • Near ambient temperature application process (20-35⁰C)
  • Magnetism – non-magnetic
  • Conductive
  • Substrates- bonds to metals, platings and most man-made materials

FUNCTIONAL PROPERTIES

  • Coefficient of Friction – 0.030 inclined plane method, against itself
  • Temperature Range:
    • Lubricates from -350⁰F to +1000⁰F (-188⁰C to +538⁰C) normal atmosphere
    • Lubricates up to +2400F (+1316C) under 10^-14 Torr vacuum
    • Chemical Stability – inert and non-toxic
    • Corrosion Resistance – minor delay of corrosion, not corrosion inhibitor, does not induce corrosion
    • As a substrate – accepts most paints and is compatible with most solvents, fuels and oils
    • Load Capacity – same as the substrate, to approx. 350,000 psi (approx. 2,450 MPa)
    • LOX Compatibility – insensitive to denotation by or in the presence of liquid and gaseous oxygen
    • Distortion/Stress – will not distort existing surfaces or create additional stresses
    • Biocompatible – USP ) United States Pharmacopoeia) Class 6 and ISO-10993 tested, US-FDA approved
    • Very Low Outgassing (ASTM E-595) Average TML=0.10-0.13%, Average CVCM=0.00-0.02%

TECHNICAL OVERVIEW

Key to Dicronite dry lubrication’s wide range of applications is it’s:

  • Ultra-low coefficient of friction (u=0.030)
  • Precision film thickness of 0.5 microns maximum (0.000020 inches)
  • Wide functional temperature span  -188C to +538C (up to +1316C in vacuum)
  • Near ambient temperature (max 35C) application process

Based on these key values, Dicronite dry lubrication is proven world-wide for:

  • Friction and wear reduction
  • Anti-seize/anti-galling
  • Plastic mold release
  • Co-lubrication enhancement in combination with oils and greases
  • In place of conventional lubricants in high-vacuum/temperature situations