(Universal Tribometers, Multistation Tribometers, Special Tribometers)


Comprehensive testing of machines and equipment, is usually a multilevel and multiscale task, involving the field tests, bench tests, tests of specific units and components, whereas the last would be always subdivided into natural tests of real components and simplified elements, modeling a real tribology contact. On the other hand, versatile tribology systems in various industries are making a scientist, practically in all situations to keep in a mind some friction and wear fundamentals, including the laws of friction, describing physically, chemically and mechanically a real contact between moving solids. Despite some mutual effects in hard discs of computers, watches, orthopedic implants, autos, airplanes, machine tools, pumps, wind energy plants, etc., modeling of a specific contact situation, requires different approaches and surface analyses varying from nano- to micro- and macro scale.


Realistic schematization of a tribosystem could involve several geometries like “pin-on-disk”, “pin-on-plate”, “ball-on-disk”, ”ball-on-plate”, “block-on-ring”, ”disk-on-disk”, “parallel cylinders”, “crossing cylinders”, “4-ball” and some special ones, including various combinations of those mentioned above and multi-station testing systems. Additional specific features are coming with the different sizes of the samples concerned, with their relative positioning, with their overlapping on the contact. Turning from geometry only to the materials aspects bring more variables to a tribotester.


The most important parameters, characterizing a tribosystem are force (torque) and speed, which are fully predefining a choice of loading system and drive in a testing device. Of critical importance is a precision of measurements of these parameters, which requires a right selection of force and torque sensors, especially for a problem of distinguishing between several thin films, including those of nanometer thickness, determined by either their different compositions, or structures, or a combination of them both together with formation of some natural and lubricating films, occurring in friction and wear processes. Load, measured in Newtons, milliNewtons, or microNewtons is considered to be a basic parameter, while important related parameters are contact stress, impact force, oscillating load, etc. Parameters, related to sliding speed are average speed, rolling speed, spinning speed, impact speed, sliding/rolling ratio. Sliding distance (often given as a time of specific tests) can be in case of reciprocating tests characterized by amplitude (connected with a precision of positioning) and frequency. Relevance of the model bench tests is usually a subject of thorough analyses. It always remains of primarily importance in adequate experiments for reproducing the wear mechanisms of the field tests. Another aspect is reproducing a temperature level and environmental situation of the test materials and coatings. The latter question is technically implemented using elevated and high temperature chambers (incl. devices and sensors for precise temperature measurements) for the tests under elevated and high temperatures (depending on techniques used up to 200°C, 800°C and 1600°C), including those, running in the protective gases; chillers and special cooling devices for negative, low and cryogenic temperatures (down to -30°C, -73°C and -269°C); vacuum chambers for the tests in vacuum (and alternatively in special gases) 10-5 – 10-7 mbar and in high vacuum 10-9 - 10-12 mbar; humidity chambers for the tests under the controlled atmospheres, circulating oils, etc.


Tribotests have since years demonstrated themselves to be much more complicated procedures, than only measuring friction and wear as performed in the mediaeval triboegineering. On the other side PC controlled input parameters being changed against time or sliding distance are causing the respective variations of the response in both open and closed engineering systems. So, the output parameters include measured forces and torques of friction, coefficient of friction COF, contact temperature, distribution of contact stresses and temperatures, changes of physical parameters of tribological surfaces and contacts. The latter aspect is connected with in situ (or in vivo) measurements of electrical contact resistance or conductivity and remains an extremely sensitive method for catching a moment of breaking through of the deposited coatings and thin films. selection of a relevant test. Relevant tribology test arranged in a bench top tribometer is a model, possibly repeating the prevailing wear mechanism of the real components and implementing the same type of contact, like point, linear or flat ones. This is not a must, that a complicated tribocontact has to be modeled using one scheme only, while an adequate simulation of some practical situations can be done using several geometrical schemes.


Comprehensive triboanalysis requires full scale tribotests plus a number of methods for chemical, physical and mechanical characterization of contacting coatings and films, aiming to distinguish specific tribophysical phenomena, serving to a longer life of coated and modified components. Full scale characterization involves multi-sensing tests, multilevel analysis and multi-resolution estimation of the triboparameters.


Tribology testing equipment, covering most of the specific cases of simulation the real tribology objects has the following designations:
TE33 - Engine Tribometer
TE37 - Bowden-Leben Machine
TE47 - Six Station Ring/Liner Tribometer
TE53 - Multi-Purpose Friction and Wear Tester
TE54 - Mini Traction Machine
TE55 - Lubricity Test Machine
TE56 - Multi Station Block on Ring Machine
TE57 - Pressurized Lubricity Tester
TE65 - Multiplex Sand/Wheel Abrasion Tester
TE66 - Micro Scale Abrasion Tester
TE67 - Microprocessor Controlled Pin on Disc Machine
TE68 - Gas-Jet Erosion Rig
TE69 – Load Scanner
TE71 – Optical Viscometer
TE73 – High Speed Two Roller Machine
TE74 – Two Roller Machine
TE75 – Rubber Friction Test Machine
TE77 – High Frequency Friction Machine
TE79 – Multi-Axis Tribology Machine
TE80 - Two Station Fuel Lubricity Wear Test Machine
TE82 - Microprocessor Controlled Four Ball Machine
TE86 - Twelve-station Hip Joint Simulator
TE87 – Multi-Station Circular Translation Pin on Disc Machine
TE88 - Multi Station Friction and Wear Test Machine
TE89 - Hip and Knee Friction Simulator
TE90 – Multi-Station Fuel Lubricity Tester
TE91 – Precision Rotary Vacuum Tribometer
TE92 - Microprocessor Controlled Rotary Tribometer
TE93 – Precision Rotary Tribometer
TE94 – Multi-Station Rotary Tribometer
TE95 – High Temperature Rotary Tribometer
TE97 – Friction and Wear Demonstrator
TE98 – Low Load High Temperature Pin on Disk Machine
TE99 – Universal Wear Machine
TE101 - Six Station Journal Bearing Test Machine
TE102 - High Speed Reciprocating Machine
TE103 - Open Loop Two/Three Roller Test Machine
TE104 - Four Station Long Stroke Reciprocating Rig
DN33 - Draw Bead/Strip Friction Tester
DN44 - Servo Hydraulic Reciprocating Sliding and Fretting Test Machine
DN55 - High Temperature Dry Sliding & Fretting Test Machine
DN222 – Two / Four / Six Station Journal Bearing Wear Test Rig
RE100 - Over Temperature Fail Safe Protection
More technical information about these and related rolling contact fatigue (RCF) techniques is available from For purchasing of these equipment please note, that ordering with TTZH and further technical support is presently arranged in the following European countries: Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia. If you are located outside, please contact Phoenix Tribology Ltd. or one of their different local representatives. For the further technical questions, including those, connected with new development, welcome to contact TTZH Service