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The Nanovea Tribometer offers precise and repeatable wear and friction testing using ISO and ASTM compliant rotative and linear modes. Designed, at the core, with a high quality motor and a 20bit position encoder, the Tribometer provides access to an unmatched range of rotational speeds from 0.01 to 2000rpm. High resolution means that data can be accurately recorded at specified interval of time or position (>0.006°). The motor has an integrated self-tuning system which ensures speed remains calibrated through time. Full and precise control of the motor ensures that a series of step speeds can be run continuously during the tests. Several testing options are available to closely match real environment conditions. The Tribometer comes standard with an acrylic enclosure and attached valves which brings inert and other gases to achieve a controlled environment. An optional humidifier and dehumidifier module allows precise control of the humidity levels. For high temperature pin on disk, up to 900°C, an oven allows control to better than 1°C. A linear heating plate is used for reciprocating test up to 300°C. Various cups are available for controlled liquid testing. Tests can either be done under full immersion or using the Lubrication system with drop by drop or control spray. A liquid heating module is also available to provide controlled liquid heating up to 150°C. To precisely measure wear track volume, a full 3D non-contact Optical profiler, integrated on Tribometer platform, is available to quantify wear loss in a fast and convenient method without sample removal. The Tribometer Software uses this information and the test parameters to calculate a precise wear rate for the specific test. The profiler, which has extended capability, can also be used for surface topography measurement including roughness. A Flexible mobile imaging option allows zoom-in ability to record the sample surface for playback review.

Micro through Macro Range Wear Friction

Rotational Wear Track


T# | Fully Automatedd Nano Wear Testing

T3 | Automated Nano through Micro WearTesting
The T3, like the M3 was developed to provide quick, easy and affordable access to high end mechanical measurement capability. The T3 is an automatic nano through micro wear tester using linear reciprocating for wear rate study (ASTM G133). Until now, there has never been such an highly advanced option for wear rate study in the $20k price range. The T3 utilizes the same head as the M3 providing percisley controled load and depth during wear testing. Input function includes: Load, Duration, Wear Length & Ball Tip Radius. Output function includes: Wear Rate & Depth vs. Time. Learn more

Low Price Nano through Micro wear testing (ASTM G133) Fully automated with touchscreen Compact contained design • First of its kind

Pin On Disk Tribometer

Rotative Mode (ASTM G99)
Pin-on-Disk operates on the following principle: a flat, pin or ball is loaded onto a test sample with a precisely known weight and at a specific position from the center to create a circular wear track as the bottom plate rotates. The friction coefficient is determined during the test by measuring the deflection of the direct load cell. Wear rates for the pin and the disk are calculated from the volume of material lost during the test.

Linear Reciprocating Tribometer

Linear Mode (ASTM G133)
The Linear Module reproduces the reciprocating motion typical in many real-world mechanisms. The instrument produces a friction coefficient for both the forward and backward movements of the stroke. This reciprocating technique is very useful for studying the static coefficient of friction over time, as opposed to the kinetic coefficient measured with the Pin-on-Disk wear testing geometry. The software allows change of friction at any specific point along one lap to be plotted versus time.

High Temperature Module

High Temperature (Up to 900°C) (Rotative only)
Analysis of friction & wear properties at elevated temperatures is becoming increasingly important, as engineers face ever more challenging materials in applications such as the design of advanced fuel efficient combustion engines and power plants. The High Temperature removable heating element enables the rotating disk to reach temperatures up to 900°C; suitable for use in the study of high temperature ceramics, lubricants, oils, additives and self-lubricating materials. Two level of oven are available, one for temperature up to 600°C and one for elevated temperatures up to 900°C. A thermocouple measures temperature directly on the ball or in the oven close to the sample surface. This is more accurate than measuring remotely from under the sample or close to the heating element.

High Temperature (Up to 300°C) (Linear only)
Available for wear & friction testing of in-situ conditions, in a range of deposition technologies. This range is also ideal to study polymers just under their melting point. Temperatures near 37°C are suitable for bio material studies of wear and friction properties under bodily fluid, such as those found in artificial joint applications.

Tri-Mode Lubrication Module

Lubrication System
An advanced Lubrication system makes it possible for drop-by-drop or controlled spray testing on the surface surface. Specialized cups with spill protection features are available for submerged testing and Tribocorrosion studies.

Liquid Heating Module (Up to 150°C)
A heating coil is available to control liquid temperature up to 150°C. This allows temperatures near 37°C which are suitable for bio material studies of wear and friction properties under bodily fluid, such as those found in artificial joint applications. This range of temperatures is also ideal for the study of lubrications such as oils.

Humidity Control System
A standard acrylic enclosure makes it possible to use specific salt baths to create various humid atmospheres. A full humidity control system is available for applications requiring a higher level of control. This advanced option includes a dehumidification and humidification apparatus in addition to the automatic humidity controller with sensor.

Electrical Resistance Contact Detector
To extend the capability of the Tribometer, an electrical rotative connector can be installed at the base of the motor to provide electrical contact to the rotating sample under test. There are multiple uses such as measuring the change in resistance during wear of an insulator coating to a conductive substrate or to connect a device under test to detect the exact moment when the device fails under wear testing. An additional area of use includes measuring corrosion with wear using a specific corrosion cell, electrodes and potentiostat.