Nanotechnology is something that’s gained a lot of attention in recent years. It applies technologies on a molecular or atomic level, within one billionth of a meter. For reference, a piece of paper is only about 100,000 nanometers.
Usually, nanotechnology refers to a material or substance that has been engineered to work better for a specific purpose. These are used in everything from clothing fabrics and toothpaste to today’s subject — motor oil.
In the early days, nanotechnology was a marketing buzzword without much science behind it. Today, however, the practical science has caught up to marketing promises, which has led to some powerful innovation.
What Is Nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology covers many branches of science and industry. Everything from electronics to cleaners and sunscreen can make use of these smart little particles. Most of the time, nanotechnology applications involve changing the structure of existing materials to make certain features stand out (like the lubrication in motor oil). They can help scientists make materials stronger, durable, water-resistant, electrically conductive and much more.
Some of the uses for nanotechnology today include:
- Films on screens and glass: These can be protected from UV light, microbes, scratches, water and glare.
- Smart fabrics: Working nanotechnology into fabrics makes them capable of monitoring health functions, generating energy from movement, and even taking in solar energy.
- Materials: Some industries benefit from materials with different properties. Aerospace parts, for example, need to be lightweight and durable. Nanoparticles and additives can help increase durability and reduce weight.
- Household products: Nanoparticles can improve the performance of many items across the home, like degreasers, stain removers, cleaners and more.
Nanotechnology and Motor Oil
So that’s cool and all, but how does it apply to your car? Well, nanotechnology can now be found in your motor oil, to help it better accomplish a number of tasks that keep your car running clean.
These nanoparticles include things like nanodiamonds and tungsten disulfide, which act like really tiny ball bearings and better lubricate the surfaces in your engine. If you look at the components of your engine on a microscopic level, you’ll see that the edges are pretty jagged and rough. This kind of surface can contribute to friction and wear over time as oil and particles move through it.
One of the ways that nanoparticles work in motor oil is by using these “mini ball bearings” to prevent metal-to-metal contact between moving engine parts. They’ll fill in the jagged parts of the metal to allow the oil to flow more smoothly. Then, as another part comes into contact with them, they move like a spring, bending and providing a cushion between the two parts.
The nanoparticles also react to high pressure by shedding their outer layers, which attach to the sides of the metal, smooth them out, and create a protective barrier. This barrier is called a “tribofilm.”
How Nanotech Helps Your Car
Nanotech oil supplements can improve the performance and longevity of your car in several different ways, such as reducing friction and internal wear, as well as protecting against engine damage from overheating.
Our nanotechnology-infused product, Rislone Nano Prime Engine Oil Additive, offers the following improvements over standard motor oil:
- Reduces friction by up to 38%
- Reduces internal wear by up to 37%
- Better fuel economy and lower emissions from friction reduction
- Improved performance through added horsepower and torque
- Protection from heat and friction damage as well as sludge
Depending on how it is used, nanotechnology offers a great deal to the world of motor oils. For more information on how our nanotechnology additive works, reach out to us today.