Tribometry & Tribosensorics
The core competencies of tribometry are the design, conception and execution of tribological experiments, the characterisation and analysis of tribosystems, as well as data evaluation and interpretation of the results.
The range of services includes model tests (if necessary, according to standard), component tests and system tests at different loads (mN to kN), temperatures (-40°C to 1,000°C), ambient media (vacuum, helium, N2, corrosive media) and contact conditions (sliding, rolling, etc.) with metallic, ceramic or polymer materials, if necessary coated and/or with a structured surface (tapped, blasted, textured, etc.).
The laboratory infrastructure for chemical-physical analysis is highly specialized to fulfill the research requirements of the tribological system. The comprehensive description of interactions with surfaces is of a particular importance. Classical specifications of lubricants, such as viscosity, chemical composition and standard-relevant parameters can be efficiently examined, as well as customer-specific requests. In addition, methods for the characterisation of the long-term behaviour of lubricants are at disposal and tailored to the respective application.
The extensive research process is executed with high-end analytics down to the molecular level. The scientific methods, characterisations and testings are supplemented and further developed in cooperation with diverse industries and universities. Scientific personnel provide an expertise in the fields of organic and analytical chemistry, synthesis, electrochemistry, and surface chemistry, as well as proficiency in structure elucidation to interpret complex mechano-chemical processes. One of our primary focuses are maintaining a strong cooperation with different research areas, which enables scientific research to be conducted thoroughly and to provide ecologically and economically sustainable tribological solutions.
Material & Surface Characterisation
Our core competencies in material and surface analysis include determination of tribologically relevant surface properties on the one hand and the analysis of materials changes below the surface casued by tribological contacts. The available analytical and characterization methods range from mechanical testing and material scientific investigations of materials and their surfaces to chemical analysis and topography determination.
Our range of services includes materialography and damage analysis, the determination of wear and tear mechanisms, e.g. in the case of highly stressed tribological contacts in a corrosive or mineral-abrasive environment, as well as the tribological evaluation of functional materials. Moreover selected technological processes for the production or application of friction-reducing and / or wear-resistant coatings on surfaces are available.
Numerical Simulation, Data Analysis & Software Development
The focus is on the multi-scale modelling and simulation of tribological processes and systems as well as the development of corresponding theoretical/mathematical models and their numerical implementation. Another focus is the processing, visualisation and analysis of large amounts of data using methods of modern data science (in particular methods of statistics, machine learning, artificial intelligence) as well as the development and software implementation of corresponding algorithms. In addition to maintaining the relevant IT infrastructure (hardware and software, e.g. HPC cluster, data storage, scientific computing software), specialised software is also developed, e.g. for test stand control, measurement data acquisition, computer simulation and data analysis.