3M™ Silicon Nitride Fuel Pump Rollers offer a more durable alternative to metal rollers in high-pressure pumps for light and heavy-duty diesel engines. Our silicon nitride rollers are 60% lighter than steel while offering tribological compatibility with metals.
Ideal Choice for High-Pressure Diesel Applications
3M™ Silicon Nitride Fuel Pump Rollers offer a more durable alternative to conventional rollers in high contact stress applications for light and heavy-duty diesel engines. 3M silicon nitride fuel pump rollers provide superior mechanical reliability at high speeds and loads – helping automotive OEMs meet the high pressures required to achieve emission standards. Our fuel pump rollers can be used to replace metal components that are vulnerable to excessive wear, scuffing, and galling.
Tribological Compatibility with Metals
3M™ Silicon Nitride exhibits reduced friction when in contact with either cast iron or steel – allowing 3M fuel pump rollers to operate at higher speeds and stress levels with less lubrication than metal rollers.
Advantages of 3M™ Silicon Nitride
3M silicon nitride is a high-strength, lightweight ceramic material offering an excellent combination of material properties such as thermal shock resistance and high fracture toughness. These properties make 3M silicon nitride a good material choice for demanding applications in a variety of industries, including foundries, electronics, oil and gas, power generation, automotive, and aerospace.
Insights into the Advantages of the 3M Manufacturing Process
3M silicon nitride materials and components are produced at 3M manufacturing plants using unique compositions and processing techniques. 3M silicon nitride is processed by gas pressure sintering, which results in a fully dense and nonporous microstructure of interlocking needle-shaped grains. This, combined with the natural toughness of silicon nitride, provides outstanding contact fatigue resistance and mechanical reliability.
We have a patented grinding process and high-precision superfinishing and honing operations that allow us to machine OD/ID crown profiles on roller bearing elements. These grinding and crowning operations allow us to produce silicon nitride replacements for steel counterparts.
About 3M Advanced Ceramics
These advanced ceramic products are manufactured at ISO 9001 certified facilities. Our manufacturing processes are optimized for quality, efficiency and consistency – helping ensure reliable and repeatable product performance. We have more than 85 years of experience in designing and manufacturing cutting-edge ceramic solutions, and we continually work to develop new applications for ceramic materials in cooperation with our customers.