MOULDTEX - Research and development of sliding seals with microstructured surface
Polymeric seals are essential components in almost every industrial and mechanical process enabling the effective containment and movement of liquids and gases under extremes of environment. Friction is intrinsically related to sealing performance. High friction accelerates wear of the seal leading to leakage and/or premature failure, and increases the energy consumption of industrial processes. The project will develop and demonstrate a novel methodology for the design and high volume manufacture of surface textured polymeric components. Surface textured seals reduce the friction of sliding seals by 20% and thus extend the lifetime of the seals.
Optimal Optik is responsible for the development of optical measurement technology for surface microtextures in the consortium.