MicroTribology Centrum μTC
A cooperation between the Fraunhofer IWM and the Karlsruher Institute for Technology KIT IAM
Drastic increases in emissions reductions, energy savings, and resource conservation have put tribology at the focus of industry and society. Sustainability is an economic factor in many industrial sectors, and that includes research and development in the area of friction and wear.
The MicroTribology Centrum μTC conducts friction and wear research. It optimizes tribological systems and develops solutions for friction reduction and wear protection through technical ceramics, new types of lubricants, tribological coating systems, and tribological materials which are adapted for manufacturing. For this purpose we examine friction, abrasion, break-in and wear mechanisms and the tribochemistry of machine elements such as rolling and sliding bearings, cutting and forming tools, as well as motor and gear elements on the micro and nanoscale.