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Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) Past Collaborations

Past Project:  Design and test new lubricants in ultra high vacuum (UHV) environments

Project DescriptionLubrication between moving parts is very important for reducing friction and wear, improving performance and lifetime and enhancing heat dissipation. The use of lubricants in ultra high vacuum (UHV) environments has been a great challenge due to the low pressure and high temperature (during system bakeout) altering the properties of lubricants. We will work with PPPL scientists, engineers, and vacuum technicians on the design and testing of new lubricants. Development of the lubricants will occur at the home institution and testing of their performance under vacuum will occur at PPPL.

In 2010 - 2011, PPPL partnered with Professor Mohsen Mosleh and his students from Howard University.  The results were presented at the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics meeting.

Faculty interested in the VFP should apply online here. The deadline for the 2015 program is January 9, 2015.

For additional information, please email Deedee Ortiz at dortiz@pppl.gov.

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