Targeted adjustment of tribological systems throughout the entire value chain

Customer-specific services of the MicroTribology Centrum μTC

Tribo-system rating 

 

Tribometry and component test bench trials
Construction of test facilities
Parameter identification
Lifetime predictions
Damage assessments 

Design of layers, generatively manufactured components and implants
Parameter identification
Process optimization
Product development

Tribo-farming
Determination of complex data maps 

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 Tribo-system optimization

 

Friction optimization and wear protection
Break-in optimization
Optimization of additives
Optimization of finishing processes
Testing the use of ceramics
Development of carbon layers (C-layers) 

Multiscale modeling
Development of contact mechanics models
Analysis of the tribological processes in the lubrication gap

Development of digital tribo-twins
Material models
Solid object and lubricant models

Machine learning
Evaluation of wear and tool service life
Optimization of operating conditions with regard to efficiency and service life of components

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 Development of multifunctional tribological materials

 

Layer and lubricant development
Series-ready diamond coatings for tools
Diamond DLC combination layers
Temperature sensor layers
Pressure sensor layers
Corrosion protection coatings
Max-phases, hydrogen barrier layers
High temperature layers (> 600° C)
Development of basic fluids
Additive characterization
Development of switchable friction systems 

Material modeling
Spectra characterization
Battery material optimization
Surface optimizations

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Groups

The MicroTribology Centrum μTC is a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM and the Institute for Applied Materials - Computational Materials Science (IAM-CMS) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). It combines the tribological activities of both institutes. Five of the groups listed below operate out of the Fraunhofer IWM while two operate from KIT. Upon clicking a link for more information you will be taken to the group page (which will open in a new window) within the respective institute where that group operates.

 

Wear Protection, Advanced Ceramics

 

Development of adaptive tribo-systems and ultra-low friction lubricants

Investigation of high-temperature tribo-systems

 

Multiscale Modeling and Tribosimulation

 

Multi-scale simulation of friction and wear processes

Simulation of plasticity and tribochemistry

 

Polymer Tribology and Biomedical Materials

 

Analysis of lubricated polymer-steel contacts

Tribology of generatively manufactured components

 

Tribological Coatings

 

Production of adapted amorphous diamond-like carbon layers and crystalline diamond layers

Process and system development

 

Materials under tribological stress

 

Tribology–related materials science questions

Connection of technical and biological systems

 

Microtribology

 

Development of processes for laser-assisted surface texturing

Requirement-specific effective area optimization

 

Applied Nanotribology

 

Clarification and description of break-in processes and third body formation

Real-time measurement of friction and wear, as well as development of in situ measurement techniques