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Standardisation of tribological laboratory tests.

To collate and harmonise the tribological tests that are usually conducted by the participating centres. The objective is to establish a test service for these centres.

This project is part of the EUREKA ENIWEP Umbrella, where the ultimate aim is to ensure the efficient transfer of tribology to the European economic fabric by generating European projects. Numerous test methods are currently available for studying the characteristics relating to friction and wear of materials. Quite often, the same property is measured with different apparatuses or methods, where the results cannot be compared with each other. On other occasions, it is necessary to design a specific apparatus in order to study a particular problem; however, the test results obtained with this apparatus cannot then be extrapolated to other materials. In order to address this problem, the most frequently performed tribology tests will be compiled and, wherever possible, a single method adopted for each test, based on the results of round-robin inter-comparison tests, studies of the variables, etc., so that the results obtained in the different technology centres or company laboratories can be extrapolated. Various standardisation actions are currently being undertaken in subjects relating to friction and wear of materials. A number of ENIWEP project partners are participating actively in these actions as members of the following Standardisation Committees on areas related to tribology: CEN (Centre europeen pour la normalisation) TC184 WG 5: Methods of Test for Ceramic Coatings. CEN BT WG 166: Nanotechnologies. ISO (International Standards Organisation) TC107 SC2: Test Methods for Metallic and Inorganic Coatings. ISO TC 229: Nanotechnologies. The participation of consortium members on these committees will help collate the tribological tests and the material means used to conduct these tests, and enable harmonising of the criteria among the different centres and companies participating in the project. This is expected to yield a group of common test protocols, which will allow for obtaining the same results, under the same conditions, at any laboratory that has the required means. Once these protocols have been obtained and their validity and traceability verified, a tribological analysis and test service will be established and will enable companies from different sectors to solve their problems at any member centre of the service; the choice of centre will depend only on the particular needs of each company. The consortium could be opened to: - Research groups specialised in tribology and interested in harmonising their tests and/or taking part in the mentioned test service. - Equipment manufacturers interested in developing or adapting their equipment according to the standardised tests. - Companies whose products are subjected to wear and friction processes, and who are interested in taking part in establishing test procedures and test services. Keywords: tribology, standardisation, coatings.
Acronym: 
TRIBOSTAND
Project ID: 
3 792
Start date: 
01-01-2006
Project Duration: 
54months
Project costs: 
2 810 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Reference Materials
Market Area: 
Industrial Services

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