Utilise piston ring tribology simulation code, with new friction and wear models, to improve understanding of tribological behaviour.
Novel piston ring designs and materials that will reduce overall friction of the piston ring package by more than 25%, without increasing the amount of wear significantly and with increased reliability.
Development and application of advanced measurement techniques in order to assess piston ring performance under test rig running conditions.
Assessment of piston ring performance under controlled full scale running conditions.
Development of novel low friction guide shoe bearings.
Engine installation and measurements on guide shoe bearings and verification of friction and wear performance by long term testing / calculation.
Reduction of overall friction in guide shoe bearing by more than 25 %