Surface and materials technology

Tribology

Friction and wear are tribological phenomena where processes at atomic and molecular level at the interface of two bodies moving against each other play a key role.
The NMI uses analytical methods for interfaces and microstructures to examine the consequences of interaction between oil, additives, and material surfaces on driving elements and machine components. The findings help us to understand interface phenomena in order to optimize the running properties and service lives of machine components by improving manufacturing processes.

Many SMEs are interested in practical solutions for tribological systems. The NMI therefore works closely with associations such as the FVA (Research Association for Drive Engineering) and research institutes / universities such as the Institute for Tribology at the University of Mannheim and the FZG (Research Center for Cogwheel and Gear Construction) at the Technical University of Munich.