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Unique solutions through Tribology

Testing, analysis & development
to solve your challenges with wear, lubrication & friction challenges

Our expertise lies in a deep understanding of the interactions between surfaces.

Using cutting edge technologies & research, our specialist equipment and custom-designed tests allow us to study how materials perform together, and find solutions to the issues that our customers face – whether improving reliability, increasing efficiency or developing new products.

How Tribology is Increasing Lifespan & Efficiency

Wind turbines contain several challenges for the engineer and lubricant formulator.  

The main bearing, rotates slowly and is prone to wear.  The gearbox between the rotor and the generator will experience varied conditions, due to wind gusts, torque reversals, stray currents and other environmental factors.    

We use Tribology to mimic these situations and develop new technologies to prolong the lifetime of the wind turbine components and reduce downtime. 

Reducing Friction & Driving Efficiency

There is a continuous drive to increase the efficiency of internal combustion engines, and the right lubricants can make a big difference.  

Tribology evaluates the performance of different engine lubricants, allowing us to find solutions to reduce friction and wear on parts like the piston rings, cams and journal bearings.

The reduction in energy required to move the components of the engine because of more effective lubricants, can have a direct impact on the efficiency and improve the miles per gallon of a vehicle.  

Delivering New Levels of Race Performance

In motorsport, an engine will be operating at higher speeds and temperatures than conventional passenger car engines. 

Tribology is used to understand the film thicknesses of all the components in the engine throughout a race. This information is used in the Tribology Lab to formulate the most appropriate fluids, with an optimised viscosity profile and suitable chemical additives to give outstanding performance.  

Innovating Lubricants and Additives

New lubricant & additives are continuously being developed to meet the needs of modern machines.  

We design the world’s most advanced test methods to help push the boundaries of lubricant performance.  

By subjecting lubricants to rigorous and precise assessments, we’re able to identify formulations that excel in reducing friction, minimising wear, and maximising the longevity of critical components. 

Food Production

Using Tribology to Improve Mouth Feel

Tribology can improve the mouthfeel of food by studying the complex interactions between it and the mouth.

By using tribological measures such as friction and adhesion, tribologists can determine the optimum composition and processing conditions that will result in more enjoyment.

For example, adjusting the fat content or particle size distribution can influence the way food breaks down in the mouth – resulting in a smoother, creamier texture or a longer-lasting flavour.

Develop your Tribology knowledge

Get the skills you need to use Tribology successfully in your organisation with our industry-leading courses

Tribology for Industry

1 day course

Gain a full understanding of tribology – starting from the basics.

Lubrication for Engineers

1 day course

See how different lubrication affects breakdowns and longevity of equipment

Tribology Instruments

2 day course

Understand the function and how to get the most from key Tribology Instruments

Bespoke Tribology Training

As required

Highly effective training courses can be tailored to meet the needs of your organisation.

Tribological Thinking

Find out about our latest thinking, research, news and more.

  • Traction Curves

    Traction Curves

    Traction curves can be used to develop lubricants for specific applications, for example high traction fluids for CVTs.  They can also be used to help understand the physical changes of the lubricant under high contact pressures.  This can then be used to help develop new lubricants with special properties, for example with low traction to…