Using nature as a model for low-friction bearings

The mechanical properties of natural joints are considered unrivalled. Cartilage is coated with a special polymer layer allowing joints to move virtually friction-free, even under high pressure. Using simulations on Jülich’s supercomputers, scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and the University of Twente have developed a new process that technologically imitates biological lubrication and even improves it using two different types of polymers. The results will be published in the science journal Nature Communications.

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