Whether you are focussed on motorbikes or lorries, on electric vehicles or petrol, in every automotive application you will find moving parts; and where you find these moving parts you find tribology. From gearboxes to brake pads our instruments have been used to drive the innovation of the automotive sector through reliable, repeatable benchtop testing.
In the automotive industry the benefits of tribological research are widespread. One major benefit from the continued research and improvement of lubricant and coatings formulations is the protection they offer moving parts in automotive systems. The improved protection results in better reliability, which is great for customers but also for the environment as parts need replacing less frequently.
The environmental benefits of tribological research in the automotive sector are also realised through the improvement in efficiency of powertrain systems that better lubricants can bring. With estimates suggesting that 200,000 million litres of fuel are used annually to overcome friction in passenger cars, even a modest 0.1% improvement in efficiency would result in hundreds of millions of litres of fuel being saved.
Using PCS equipment, testing of contacts under conditions found in internal combustion engines can be performed, shear rates can be replicated and EHD film thicknesses can be analysed. PCS has worked closely with a large number of experts in the automotive industry for the past 30 years and our instruments have developed to meet their ever-changing needs.