We use experimental friction and wear analysis methods to determine friction coefficients and wear rates, including Stribeck curves. We test, assess and numerically simulate the effects of desired and undesired changes in the tribological contacts involved in ceramics, coatings, polymers and metals. We investigate the tribo-chemistry, tribo-corrosion and 'third bodies' associated with the effects of lubricants, media and temperature.
This enables us to identify the conditions under which the materials can be used reliably (sliding speed, contact loads, temperatures, lubrication requirements, smooth running) and what the effects of a material substitution would be. We also carry out damage analyses, and evaluate and optimize the mechanical behavior of ceramic materials and components. This leads to process and component optimizations, e.g. for ceramic tools, ball bearings, roller bearings, slide bearings or pumps. Another focus of research work here is tribo-polymers, liquid crystalline lubricants and graphenes.