What do a car driving on a wet street, the loud creaking when a door opens, and the squeaking of train brakes have in common? Tribology plays an important role in all of them. Tribology is the study of friction, wear, and lubricants. Those who understand it can enrich modern industry with products for contact surfaces that save energy, help protect the environment, optimize maintenance, and make life easier for employees. Freudenberg does a lot of work in this area and is researching new materials, lubricants, and seals, to help reduce friction, wear, and with them the maintenance work to an absolute minimum.
“For this purpose, a truly profound knowledge of physics, chemistry and material science is required. The challenge is to understand what is happening in the tribological contact from macroscopic into atomistic scale!” says Dr. Ravi Bactavatchalou, Head of the Tribology Department at Freudenberg Technology Innovation (FTI). Freudenberg - together with the Fraunhofer Institute for the Mechanics of Materials IWM - has started to use a special computer-based technology to understand the atomic behavior of materials.