Get support to solve your Tribology problems with specialist tribology testing.
Our team can design a test method that accurately reflect real world scenarios, allowing us to measure, analyse and understand how lubricants are performing or the cause of material failure.
Using calculations and modelling, we’ve replicated many complex contact scenarios from gear teeth, to bearings, to the human mouth.
Our test methods are designed to accurately simulate the contact – considering the pressures, temperatures speeds materials and levels of sliding, and they’re then validated by testing with known reference oils.
Using Tribology to understand beer mouthfeel
Even beer isn’t safe from analysis by our testing equipment!
The mouthfeel of the beer can be controlled by adjusting the levels of beer carbonation and its viscosity. The viscosity of the beer in turn can be controlled with the concentration of sugars and larger molecular weight solutes such as beta-glucan and dextrin.
We’ve tested two craft beers to understand what the results from friction testing can tell us about their composition and evaluated the results to show how tribology can reliably capture and present the characteristics of each liquid.
Rail Wheel Friction
We developed a new test method to evaluate the performance of lubricant products used on railways.
Train wheels require high traction to prevent slipping on the rails – this can be controlled using “Top of rail materials”. Then, as the train travels along a curve in the track the edge of the wheel may touch the rail and can cause a high pitched noise – this is controlled using “flange products”.
We worked with the Railway standards safety board to develop a quick and easy method to evaluate the performance of these lubricants, allowing railway operators to quickly asses new products and lubricant companies to quickly develop new technologies.
The method is now including in the industry standard document: Railway Applications – Wheel/Rail friction management. EN 15427: 2019