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Tribology Webinars

An Open and Free Resource for Users of Tribological Tools and Mechanical Testers

Our tribology webinars are available on our YouTube channel — www.youtube.com/BrukerNanoSurfaces. The links below will take you to the respective recording online. No registration is needed to watch a prior webinar. Sign up for email notifications about Bruker's upcoming webinars.

Topic: Tribology

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UMT TriboLab for Automotive Applications This webinar presentation is based on various test methodology and applications of UMT TriboLab system for automotive industries towards fulfilling their test and evaluation objectives on tribology and mechanical test needs. Some interesting test results on friction, wear, hardness, Young’s modulus, flexural modulus, scratch adhesion, and mar resistance that are recently obtained using TriboLab will be presented to benefit engineers, scientists, quality personnel, and researchers who are deeply involved in research, development, and quality control of automotive components.
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January 2016
Instrumented Indentaion Nano-indentation is a contact test, scalable to probe a very small material volume, allowing to measure properties like hardness, elastic modulus, stress-strain behavior, fracture toughness or viscous material properties on the nano-scale. Due to the size constraints, and to keep the test as simple as possible, Nano-indentation is typically an instrumented test, where the primary experimental ingredient is comprised of force and displacement, continuously monitored quasi-statically, dynamically or superpositions of both during surface penetration. As an indirect technique, accuracy relies substantially on the correct choice of the foundation models, which is here a contact model, describing the stress-state during tip-specimen interaction as close as possible.
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November 2015
Friction and Wear Fundamentals: Characterizing the Tribo-System and Defining the Tribo-Test The presentation will begin with an overview of friction and wear fundamentals (lubrication too, but STLE members are likely already experts in this area). Next, a method will be presented to characterize a Tribo-system so that all important parameters are accounted for. Following the documentation of the Tribo-system elements, examples will be presented in which these elements can be reduced to a relatively small number, which can then be simulated in a tribo-test. Examples from the medical field, lubricant industry, automotive and coatings industries, and others as time allows, will be covered.
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Next Generation Tribology Testing – An Introduction to the UMT TriboLab Bruker recently released the UMT Tribolab, our latest generation of the world-leading Universal Mechanical Tester platform. The UMT TriboLab’s modular design incorporates a full range of wear and mechanical tests in one system, while providing higher load capacity and torque, all with greater ease of use and fewer training requirements.

Please join us for an introduction to the UMT TriboLab capabilities:
• Higher speed, more torque, and better force measurement than any of its predecessors or competitors
• Allows multiple, different tribology tests to be performed on one platform
• Streamlined modularity with blind-mate connections and automatic recognition of drives and sensors
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May 2015
Tribology 101 - Hardness Testing at Elevated Temperatures This webinar will present an overview of traditional hardness testing, and describe some of the recent work being done, including pitfalls to avoid, in developing several viable hot hardness testing methods. Examples showing the correlation between tensile data and hot hardness data up to 900° C using a Bruker UMT will be presented.

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March 2014
Tribo-testing Applications in Automotive and Effective Characterization of the Tribo-tests Going green is the theme for Automotive these days. Higher efficiency, longer lasting and burning less fuel are concepts explored throughout the world. There is a steady increase in demand for better materials to be used in applications such as scratch-resistant, self-healing coatings, machining, bearings, gears and metal forming where friction, wear and lubrication play an important role.

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March 2014
Tribology 101 - Characterizing the Tribo-system and Defining the Tribo-test This seminar, the second in our series of Tribology Basics, will provide a method of how to characterize the tribo-system so that all parameters are accounted for. Following the documentation of the tribo-system elements, a series of examples will be presented in which these elements can be reduced to a relatively small number, which can then be simulated in a tribo-test.

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April 2013
Tribology 101 - The Basics of Tribology This seminar, the first in a series of Tribology Basics, offers an introduction aimed at providing mechanical engineers and other researchers an overview of important tribological considerations (such as surface roughness, material compatibility, contact stresses, etc.) required for designing or manufacturing products, or designing of tribology experiments. It discusses how tribological evaluation and testing under the proper conditions can guide them to the correct materials choice, help them predict the lifetime of a component or system, choose the correct lubricant or coating for a given application, or to solve a tribological issue which has arisen in the subsequent release of a product.

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January 2013
Quantitative Nano-Mechanical Characterization of Composites and Thin Films This webinar discusses the characterization of the nano-mechanical properties of composite materials and thin films through the use of tribological instrumentation and atomic force microscopy. Review the fundamentals of nano-mechanical characterization and examples of common applications where these techniques prove to be invaluable.

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June 2012
Evaluation of Wear-Corrosion Synergy Through Tribocorrosion Studies Learn about the tribocorrosion behavior of materials to understand their performance in engineering components and to develop advanced materials that are suitable for chemical, marine, mining, aerospace, automotive, and biomedical applications.

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May 2012

Topic: Lubrication

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Green Lubricants and Effective Tribo-Characterization Green tribology is expected to not only save energy and materials but also reduce environmental impact, all leading to an improved quality of life. In recent years, eco-friendly and bio-degradable lubricants/additives have gained tremendous attention due to sustainability awareness.

Lubrication Science and Engineering deals with knowledge and techniques that help enhance or characterize the effectiveness of lubricating films in order to prevent damage in solid contacts.

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Tribological Applications for the Petroleum Industry Listen to this informative webinar on the tribological evaluation of lubricants (oils, greases, and solid lubricants) for the petroleum industry.

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September 2012

Topic: Scratch

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Tribology 101 - Coating Inspection and Characterization by Scratch and Indentation techniques This webinar presents various types of scratch test methods as well as applications of Bruker's Universal Mechanical Tester (UMT) system for evaluation of bulk materials and coatings.

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December 2013
Tribology 101 - Advanced Scratch Testing Applications with Bruker's UMT This webinar presentation include svarious types of scratch test methods as well as applications of Bruker Universal Mechanical Tester (UMT) system for evaluation of bulk materials and coatings. At the end, scratch test results on magnetic disk, printed circuit board, epidermis layer of plant leaf, and laser-printed surface are presented as a few examples.

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June 2013
Advanced Scratch Testing for Evaluation of Coatings Coatings have extensive use in tribological, biomedical, packaging, decorative, optical, magnetic, and microelectronic applications, from wear resistance to protect ion from aggressive and reactive environments. In this informative webinar we investigate the measurement of loads related to adhesion properties between coating and substrate using scratch testing.

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June 2012