Electric Vehicles provide for some unique challenges that Tribology can assist in meeting.

The generation of high torque at low speeds, regenerative braking, and specific cooling requirements, all present challenges that tribology can address.

By focusing on friction, wear, and lubrication, tribology helps enhance the reliability, efficiency, and longevity of EVs, contributing to their continued growth as a sustainable mode of transportation.

Electric vehicles are high-tech symphonies on wheels, with a unique backstage star: the gearbox. 

This essential component transforms the humming power of an electric motor into the muscular torque that drives the wheels. But electric motors are all about that powerful punch at low speeds, which heaps tremendous stress on lubricated connections before a thick protective film can come to the rescue.

In such a demanding environment, the gearbox lubricant is key to maximising mechanical efficiency and giving your EV the endurance to go the extra mile. 

Our instruments are able to evaluate the low-speed, high-load encounters between lubricants and gears. It can also measure EHD (elastohydrodynamic) traction to find the best performing lubricants that will deliver optimal efficiency.

“Overall good service and a fast expedience of the ordered tests, Ingram Tribology provided excellent assistance on how to best achieve the required objectives for our task. Highly recommended!”

Hilmar Danielsen, Senior Researcher, Technical University of Denmark

Tribological Thinking

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  • Check out our first Tribo Gatherings Podcast

    Check out our first Tribo Gatherings Podcast

    We have started a Podcast! Our first guest is Dr. Connor Myant from Imperial College. We discuss biotribology, as related to the testing of food and hip joint failures. We discuss the advances in 3D printing and how Connor moved from Tribology into 3D printing. We discuss all Connors current projects and thoughts for the…

  • We’re hiring

    We’re hiring

    We are recruiting an Engineer to join our team at Ingram Tribology. The deadline for applications is 4th September 2023.

  • Preparing for the summer conferences 2023

    Preparing for the summer conferences 2023

    We have been busy preparing for the conferences this summer.   By drafting some of our micropitting work for publication.  This will be presented at STLE, Lubmat and TriboUK. We have been busy working on a rapid micropitting test that correlates to the FZG micropitting test.  Our new test takes less than 40 hours and correlates…

  • Maintaining safe and quiet railways

    Maintaining safe and quiet railways

    We are currently working on an exciting project with the Railway Standards Safety Board (RSSB) and the European Lubricating Grease Institute (ELGI), to develop a new performance test for Top of rail (TOR) materials.  These TOR materials are used to ensure traction and reduce noise at the wheel/rail interface.  This allows trains to start without…

  • It’s Xmas Penguin Time

    It’s Xmas Penguin Time

    This year the animals at the South Pole have been having fun demonstrating the different shapes of contacting bodies.

  • Stribeck Curves

    Stribeck Curves

    A Stribeck Curve (sometimes also called a Stribeck Friction Curve) is a common name used to described friction vs entrainment speed results, measured on a tribometer.  These are very useful as they give a good overview of the frictional performance of a lubricant. The Stribeck Curve is named after the German engineer Richard Stribeck, who…

  • Covid Response 2020

    Covid Response 2020

    At the beginning of the first COVID lockdown in the UK – March 2020, we like many other people didn’t know what effect the lockdown would have on our business.  But we did know and feel like we needed to help our local community.  This included the manufacture of protective face visors, using our 3D…

  • 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…