Mechanical Testing | Tribology

Tribology and Mechanical Testing

World’s Leading Producer of Mechanical Testers and Tribological Tools

High friction can be a good or bad thing depending on the application. The material used on brake pad coatings would not be well suited as a non-stick coating. Bruker's mechanical testing solutions provide the most comprehensive and versatile means of investigating tribology — friction, wear, 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.

Bruker's macro, micro and nano testers set the gold standard for stressing materials under many conditions and measuring the reaction with highest accuracy. 

Our series of UMT products offer a variety of solutions:

UMT-1 Microindenter, Nanoindenter, Microscratch and Nanoscratch Tester

UMT-2 Nanotribometer & Microtribometer

UMT-3 High-Load, Heavy Duty Tribometer

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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