Mechanical Testing | Tribology

Tribology and Mechanical Testing

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Research into materials and how materials can be changed to influence strength, integrity, or durability is an integral part of product design and improvement across nearly every industry. Bruker's mechanical testing solutions provide the most comprehensive and versatile means of investigating tribology—friction, wear, load, hardness, and lubrication.  Measuring friction, wear, and material mechanical properties is a way for engineers to understand how materials, coatings, and lubricants will stand up to the rigors of varied applications, from heavy industry to semiconductor, from automotive to biomedical.

While scientists push the boundaries of nanomechanics to develop new models for describing near surface material behavior, manufacturers are searching for improvements and validation of their processes and product materials. To meet this need for highly accurate, advanced materials characterization, the capabilities of tribometers must move beyond that which could be addressed using traditional tribology platforms.  Better test capabilities, better test flexibility, better test results are needed.

Test procedures also must include the ability to reproduce real-world conditions. A material that performs well in the sterile, perfect operating conditions of a laboratory may fail once it is put into use in the harsh environment of a frozen highway or high-performance jet engine.  Plus, testing must address all the specifications and requirements defined in ASTM standards for production and product safety.

To meet today’s requirements for nanoscale to macroscale surface measurements Bruker offers outstanding tribology solutions for the most comprehensive, flexible, and accurate tribology testing:

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Reference Materials - Applications in Tribology and Mechanical Testing

Here are some recent applications using the UMT systems:

Characterization of Lubricants
Discusses lubrication science and engineering and the latest methods for characterizing the performance of lubricants
Download Characterization of Lubricants for Research Development, Quality Control and Application Engineering - AN1000


Testing Thin Films and Coatings
Discusses how simultaneous measurement has lead to interesting applications in  mechanical properties studies of thin films and coatings
Download Thin film and coating testing using the UMT testers - AN1001



Tribometers in the Automotive Industry
Reviews the variety of automotive component and material tests possible with a flexible, high-performance tribometer
Download Automotive Applications for Tribometers - AN1002



Generating a Stribeck Curve
Achieving consistent evaluation of lubricants and surface treatments using a reciprocating motion test
Download Generating a Stribeck Curve in a Reciprocating Test - AN1004