THE DIGITAL TOOLBOX
Suitable digital methods can be used extremely profitably to complete these development tasks. They provide a better understanding of our lubricants and sometimes even predict the properties of new formulas. The impacts of these properties on the overall system can also be calculated.
Various digital tools are used in research and development at FUCHS. These include data analysis, chemoinformatics, which is used to calculate the properties of molecules, and the design of experiments. However, alongside rapidly growing processing power, modeling and simulation methods are becoming increasingly important. This enables us to look, as though with a magnifying glass, further inside the virtual lubricant – so far until eventually we reach nano-scale, a range of a few nanometers in which molecules and atoms become visible. We are applying this approach to three different levels of variables, right down to nano-scale: on the macro-scale (larger than 10–3 m) we are simulating the technical unit, on the micro-scale (approximately 10–6 m) the lubricant gap, and at the lower end, on the nano-scale (smaller than 10–9 m) the molecules.