Customer-specific services of the MicroTribology Center 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

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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The MicroTribology Center 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 and 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




Development of processes for laser-assisted surface texturing

Requirement-specific effective area optimization


Triboconditioning and Tribo-Analytics


Continuous friction and wear analysis for automotive components

Mechanochemistry for the development of wear protection additives


Applied Nanotribology


  • Investigation of Superlubricity and tribological elementary processes
  • Development of novel in-situ methods for the observation of dynamic tribological processes