Reciprocating nano-wear with the NanoTriboTest
The NanoTriboTest module enables rapid high-cycle linear reciprocating nano-scale wear tests to be performed with track lengths up to 40 mm. Reciprocating contacts occur in a wide variety of practical wear situations such as (i) comb drives in MEMS (ii) hip joints and (iii) electrical contacts. In optimising materials for improved durability in these contacts it is important that the contact conditions (e.g. sliding speed) can be reproduced.
The NanoTriboTest extends the range of nano-tribological tests possible with the NanoTest Vantage. Obtainable parameters including friction loops, energy dissipation per cycle (sliding distance x friction) and cumulative energy dissipation are automatically calculated in the NanoTest software.
The design of the loading head on the NanoTest Vantage provides a high level of lateral rigidity giving the stability to run wear tests for extended duration. By being able to combine data from different test techniques it is possible to obtain more detailed information about failure mechanisms.
The NanoTriboTest module can be used in conjunction with the Electrical Contact Resistance (ECR) module.