This simple formula is what makes the world go round. We pay for the energy and we get the work done. But we also pay for the heat, and that is the "Energy Mining" thesis. From power plants to steel mills to automobiles, heat is the ubiquitous parasite clinging to all of the mechanical work we do, and this "heat out" is the result of frictional wear. The exact relationship between wear and frictional heating varies from machine to machine, but we can show that reducing the cause will reduce the effect, with a net reduction in energy consumed, reduced "heat out" and as an added consequence, a net increase in service life.
The example below illustrates the energy loss problem for a power transmission application involving gearing used in a steel mill drive shaft, consuming about 5000 hp at 1000 rpm, reversing duty. These gear sets ran for 6 months but the damage shown below was not discovered until disassembly.
Most industrial applications will not exhibit the severe differences in boundary layer lubrication shown in this example, but all applications have some boundary layer friction and energy losses which can be re-captured with our technology.
These gears were on opposite ends of the same drive shaft, so loads and speeds were identical.