Whichever way you choose to move around, whether it is by plane, train, car, bike, boat or even walking, tribology will be playing a part. Tribology is the study of interacting surfaces in relative motion, which means even the relationship between the sole of a shoe and a path is tribology. For vehicles, such as cars and busses, the tribological systems are even more obvious, from the tyre contact with the road, to the the brake pads and brake discs, through to bearings, gears and other engine components, tribological research has been conducted on a host of areas. For trains, the tribological contacts are equally obvious. They also have engines, brakes and wheels, but here we are looking at a different scale of load and materials, requiring yet more in-depth research and evaluation. The same is true for boats, planes and bikes.
PCS’ range of instruments have been used by researchers at companies and universities around the world to study a this vast range of the tribological systems found in transport applications. With PCS’ equipment, researchers are able to complete realistic and representative testing of lubricants, coatings and materials at a host of different conditions, with test parameters and profiles tailored to match what is seen in the field. It is not just one piece of equipment that is used to develop understanding of a tribological system either, often a host of PCS’ instruments are used together to give a better picture of how lubricants, coatings or materials will stand up in the field.