Wear Protection and Advanced Ceramics
We use experimental friction and wear analysis methods to determine friction coefficients and wear rates, including Stribeck curves. We test, assess and ...
This business unit carries out research into friction and wear. We optimize tribological systems and develop solutions that reduce friction and protect against wear with the aid of technical ceramics, innovative lubricants, tribological layer systems and tribo-materials conditioned for manufacturing technology.
We investigate friction, abrasion, running-in and wear mechanisms as they affect the tribo-chemistry of machine elements such as roller and slide bearings, cutting and forming tools or motor and gear elements. We use experimental techniques, multi-scale modeling and numerical simulations as well as microstructure analysis.
Determination of mechanical and tribological properties of materials, composites and coatings under operational conditions
Evaluation and optimization of the performance of protective wear-resistant coatings and friction contacts
Load analyses, trials and evaluation of failure mechanisms for metal, ceramic and plastic components
Production and evaluation of smooth and structured diamond-like carbon coatings for large sliding and rolling loads
Development and application of lifetime prediction methods
The Fraunhofer IWM and the Institute of Applied Materials – Reliability of Components and Systems (IAM-ZBS) at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology KIT cooperate with each other in the Tribology research department. The joint initiative MicroTribology Centrum µTC combines the competencies of these two institutions in industrially relevant research, in fundamental research and in academic activities.
A particular highlight here is the customized Tribo-Contact – the key to success for energy efficiency, a long service life and cost effectiveness.