Applications of tribology and coating thickness measurements in automotive industry
The aim of this application report is to demonstrate the use and capabilities of our instruments in the automotive sector. Almost all of Anton Paar TriTec instruments can be employed in the automotive industry. Here we will focus mainly on the applications of tribology and tribometers and also of Calotest for friction and wear studies as well as measurement of thickness of coatings.
Anton Paar TriTec develops and manufactures precise instruments for characterization of mechanical properties of surfaces of many types of materials. The portfolio of Anton Paar TriTec instruments can be
used in various sectors, such as (list not exhaustive):
▪ Cutting tools (hard coatings)
▪ Decorative coatings
▪ Polymeric materials
▪ Advanced ceramic & metallic materials
The aim of this application report is to demonstrate the use and capabilities of our instruments in the automotive sector. Although almost all of Anton Paar TriTec instruments can be employed in the automotive industry, here we will present mainly on the following ones:
▪ Tribometer (TRB³)
▪ Calotest (CAT²)
While another part of this application report focused of hardness, elastic modulus and adhesion measurements by nanoindentation and scratch testing, this part of the application report provides an overview of selected applications of the above listed instruments for testing of tribological and wearproperties as well as measurement of thickness of coatings. All applications in this report are based on testing of different automobile components.
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