Multi Function Tribometer

MFT-5000

The MFT-5000 is a modular and versatile universal tribometer. Analyze friction, wear, and mechanical properties. Nano, micro, and macro range with integrated 3D profilometer
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    A Tribometer Like No Other

    Versatile and Customizable For Your Needs

    Upper Z structure

    High precision multiple Z stages to move load cell, and profiler in Z axis

    Open Platform

    Open platform architecture allows easy access and use. In addition, wide available space provides current or future application modules to mount on one platform.

    Lower Interchangeable Test Module

    Interchangeable fast-exchange modules performs several tests on the same platform–rotary, block on ring, reciprocating, fretting, scratch, and more.

    Environmental Control
    Wide temperature (-120 to 1200°C), humidity (5 to 95% RH), pressure (up to 200 psi), vacuum (10-7 torr).
    Multi Function Tribometer Schematic
    Force Sensors

    Interchangeable load cells across a wide range from nN to 10,000 N. Capacitive, piezo, strain gauge technology.

    Patented In-line 3D Profilometer

    In-line Lambda 3D optical profilometer. Automatically inspect test area with nm resolution. Four imaging modes on the same head–confocal, interferometer, dark field, and bright field.

    XY Stage

    Long stroke, high precision, close loop XY stage. To create custom motions, moves  modules between test and image positions. Also, slow speed reciprocating, scratch, and combined X-Y motions.

    Data Acquisition, Motion Controller

    Advanced high speed, low noise, fast feedback, multiple channels, highest data acquisition rate (200 KHz) controllers.

    Interchangeable Modules

    Multiple modules are available for the XY stage:

    Rotary

    Pin on disk tribometer, ball on disk tribometer 0.001-10,000 RPM rotational speed. Wide motor torque vs speed range.

    Reciprocating

    Linear reciprocating tribometer wear, pin on plate up to 80 Hz

    Block On Ring

    Test bearings, shafts, lubricant, and grease. Wide motor torque vs speed range

    Upper Rotation

    4 Ball tester, tapping torque tester, seals, thrust washer, and twist compression up to 10,000 N loads

    Fretting Voice Coil

    10 µm to 2.8 mm stroke, up to 300 Hz frequency. Fretting wear and fretting loop creation

    Long Stroke High Speed

    40 mm at 40 Hz. Test piston ring cylinder liner, engines, compressors, and more.

    Patented Integrated In-line 3D Profilometer

    Rtec-Instruments friction tester with in-line integrated 3D profilometer automatically creates 3D surface change plots with nm resolution during the test. Thus, the profilometer correlates the tribology data with surface topography easily. The technology is specifically optimized for tribology related tests. The lambda head model combines 4 optical techniques on one head – interferometer, confocal, dark field and bright field imaging. Therefore, it can measure any surface–  transparent, rough, smooth, and steep slopes surface with ease.  The high resolution XY stage on the tribometer allows for automatic stitching of volume wear and roughness calculations. Two widely used optical head options are available for integration:
    • Sigma head – White light interferometry
    • Lambda Head – White light interferometry + Confocal microscopy + Dark Field + Bright Field Imaging
     
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    Unmatched Load Cell Technology

    Capacitive, Piezo, And Stain Gauge

    The universal mechanical tester has a wide range of patented load cells providing unparalleled stability and resolution. The wide load range extends from nN to 10,000 N with easy interchangeable load cells. The sensors comes with various configurations: forces measured in 1, 2 or 6 axes.

    Capacitive sensors for friction measurement on tribometer
    Capacitive Load Cells

    Highest resolution load cells with high rigid design

    Piezo Load Cells

    Highest resolution load cells with high frequency response

    Strain Gauge Load Cells

    Sensors with widest load range

    Dynamic Torque Sensors

    Sensors to measure in-line torque during rotating motions

    Environmental Chambers

    High temperature rotary chamber for tribometer

    Automatic Sub nm Surface Change Image vs Time

    wear mark progression on tribometer using in-line 3D profilometer

    The data shows 3D wear mark progression during linear reciprocating test. This data is then used to calculate and study:

     

    • Volume wear progression
    • Roughness change
    • Crack initiation and propagation
    • Debris creation
    • Topography change
    • Effect of textures on tribology
    • Effect of surface roughness

    Applications

    Application specific solutions

    Rtec Instruments’ Universal Tribometer contains versatility and modularity that provide several tribological and mechanical testing solutions for various industries. Today it is widely used to measure friction coefficient across lubricant, grease, bio, automobile, semiconductor, aerospace, materials, ceramics, space industries, and more. To get useful tribological data, it is important to conduct experiments in conditions close to the real application. The Universal Tribometer provides custom motions, wide load range, customized holders and drives to generate meaningful data with ease.

    Solution To

    Due to its multiple configurations, Multi Function Tribometer MFT-5000 tribometer is used extensively across a wide range of industries:

    Aerospace
    • Thermal Spray Coatings
    • Wear Resistance
    • Fretting
    • Vacuum
    • High Temperature
    • Cryogenic
    • Abrasion, Erosion Resistance
    Automotive
    • Brake Testing
    • Marr Resistance, Scratch Adhesion
    • Thermal Spray Coatings
    • Oil, Lubricant, Additives Testing
    • Fretting and Wear Resistance
    • Engine Related Tests
    • Tribology, Friction, and Wear
    Bio-materials
    • Coatings Adhesion
    • Scratch Resistance
    • Fretting and Wear Resistance
    • Corrosion
    Ceramics
    • Scratch Resistance
    • Tribology and Friction Testing
    Hard Coating
    • Indentation
    • Scratch Resistance
    • Fretting
    • Turning and Tapping Torque
    • High Temperature
    Lubricants
    • Block on Ring, Timken, OK, EP
    • 4Ball Wear and EP
    • Rotary pin, ball, ring on disk
    • HFRR
    • SRV
    • Tapping Torque, TCT, Drilling
    • Piston Ring Liner
    • Thrust Washer
    • Low Temperature Testing
    • High Temperature Testing
    • Linear Reciprocating
    • Variable Rolling to Sliding
    Metal
    • Hot Hardness
    • Scratch Hardness
    • Tribology and Friction Testing
    • High Temperature
    Optics and Glasses
    • Scratch Resistance
    • Indentation
    Pharmaceutical
    • Tribology and Friction
    Polymer
    • Scratch Resistance
    • Indentation
    • High Temperature
    • Turning and Tapping Torque
    Semicon
    • Indentation
    • Scratch Resistance
    • Tribology and Friction Testing
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