Tribological properties play a critical role in the proper function and longevity of mechanical, electrical, electromechanical, and biological systems. The ability to quantitatively characterize surface interactions over the nanoscale and microscale provides a fundamental understanding of how to control friction and wear behavior in bulk material systems and thin tribological films.
The nanoscale tribological testing techniques provided by Bruker's Hysitron instruments allow researchers to quantitatively characterize and design new tribological surfaces. The ability to reliably perform tribological testing on nanoscale materials and highly localized surface features of bulk materials provides the information necessary for developing novel new materials optimized for prolonged use under harsh tribological conditions.
Bruker's mechanical testers and tribometers 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.