Fabio Tatzgern and the team from AC²T were able to convince the jury with the development of a new generation of sensors for tribological tests. The so-called “Tribo-Acoustic pin” was developed, tested and the industrial property rights have already been registered.
Technical systems are mostly driven in lubricated condition to minimize wear and reach an extended lifetime. To make best use of the benefits of these lubrication layers, the “tribo-acoustic pin” allows a qualified evaluation of lubricants in the laboratory. This is essential for the development and selection of lubricants, especially future-oriented lubricants can so be designed efficiently to reach or exceed the performance of current standard solutions. The “tribo-acoustic pin” uses ultrasonics and is therefore nondestructive and can be applied in-situ in real contact situations of tribological experiments. Thereby, the new sensor offers a huge advantage over other state-of-the-art measurement methods, which require the alteration of the studied system.
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