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Dow Corning specialist to discuss emerging developments in advanced lubrication science and technology at SAE 2016 World Congress

Dow Corning Corporation – a global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation – had one of its Molykote® brand lubrication experts discussing emerging developments in advanced lubrication science and technology at the SAE 2016 World Congress and Exhibition. In addition to presenting a technical session and technical paper, Dow Corning also showcased how Smart Science Drives Mobility Innovation™ as an exhibitor.

Chad W. Chichester, a Dow Corning application engineering and technical service specialist for Molykote® specialty lubricants, presented “Development of Wide Service Temperature Fluids”, as part of an Automotive Tribology technical session. He described how excellent thermal and oxidative stability make silicone fluids appealing as lubricants for high-temperature applications and will provide comparative test data on different types of silicones that can rival the metal-to-metal lubricity of certain synthetic hydrocarbons.

"While some silicone fluids, such as polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), are used only for plastics lubrication, other silicone fluids have molecular structures that enable good lubricity in metal-to-metal applications," Chichester said. "These silicone-based lubricating technologies far exceed the PDMS lubricity performance, and test data supports several high-temperature application ideas."

Additionally, Chichester presented a technical paper, "Modeling Molecular Structure to Tribological Performance," as part of the Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) technical session. Chichester co-authored the paper with Aleksandra Nevskaya, an application engineering and technical service specialist for lubrication technologies at Dow Corning GmbH.

The paper describes unique film-thickness modeling techniques for developing silicone-based molecular structures to optimize tribological performance in demanding lubrication applications. The molecule structures of traditional and newly developed silicone fluids can be engineered for more precise rheological properties. According to Nevskaya, "a graphical user interface aids data input, and the new modeling system allows the design of new silicone molecules with enhanced lubricity characteristics and superior thermal stability for specific application requirements."

About Dow Corning
Dow Corning (dowcorning.com) provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company’s Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands. Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside the United States.

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Molykote® brand Smart Lubrication™ solutions from Dow Corning
For more than 60 years, customers around the world have trusted the Molykote® brand for performance and expertise to solve or prevent virtually any lubrication problem and to save energy through Smart Lubrication™. Molykote® solutions are available through a global network of channel distributors. For more information, visit molykote.com or email industrial@dowcorning.com.

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About Chad Chichester
Chad Chichester has been with Dow Corning since 1992. His experience has included work as a reliability engineer specializing in condition-based maintenance techniques, including vibration, lubrication and acoustic emissions analyses as well as infrared thermography. In 2006, he joined the Molykote® brand specialty lubricants team, specializing in lubricants application engineering and technical service with an emphasis on automotive applications. Chichester is actively involved in the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI) and SAE International.

About Aleksandra Nevskaya
Aleksandra Nevskaya began her career with Dow Corning in 2008, providing technical service for silicones in different markets, including construction, coatings and performance chemicals, with a focus on silicone fluids, emulsions and resins in the Russia and CIS region. Since 2012, Nevskaya has provided application engineering and technical service for the Molykote® brand lubricants team in Western and Eastern Europe, specializing in novel technologies. She is based in Wiesbaden, Germany.

About the SAE 2016 World Congress and Exhibition
The SAE World Congress will assemble the best talent in the automotive industry as experts, management teams, engineers and executives alike gather to collaborate and address current challenges, seek new windows for discovery and exploration, and promote future opportunities. This year’s theme is Powering Possibilities, and more than 11,000 attendees will gain access to a wide range of learning opportunities with three days of technical sessions and more than 200 organizations showcasing their latest technologies. For more information, visit sae.org/congress.

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