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Coating ploughshares with diamond-like carbon reduces power consumption [Registered]

Less friction, less power, less fuel – ploughshares coated with diamond-like carbon (DLC) slide through the soil smoothly. As a result, the tractors pulling them need less power and fuel. In some tests the power required has been reduced by more than 30%. Extremely hard, diamond-like carbon coatings are used to protect hard disks in computers and ensure that sliding bearings remain smooth. In the future they could help farmers to save fuel while ploughing and make it easier to till the ground. Farmers in Germany consume nearly a billion liters of fuel every year to work their land. Around…

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