In the competence field Tribology we develop composite materials, testing technologies and methods adapted to specific applications. Basis is the analysis of the respective technical application and the structuring of the specific task together with our customers. We develop solutions by applying our know-how from fundamental scientific research, the understanding of both friction and wear mechanisms, and the relationships between material structures and properties, thereby deriving new and improved material formulations. We characterize and evaluate composite materials using in-house designed and constructed model and component test rigs equipped with precision sensors, following standard or application adapted testing methods. These high performance composites are typically applied as e.g. slide bearings with high thermal stability, low friction coefficient, and extended service life. They are able to operate under dry boundary, and hydrodynamic lubrication conditions.

Tribology’s close networking with related competence fields enables IVW to offer research and development of tribologic composites along the entire value-added chain. This includes  manufacturing processes, testing technology and methodology, and material analytics from a single source.



Andreas Gebhard

Manager Tribology

Spezielle Expertise: Tribologie der Kunststoffe, Tribometer und Tribometrie, Transferfilme, Entwicklung von Kunststoffverbundwerkstoffen, Laborinformationsmanagement, Datenmodellierung

Economic Sectors Applications (Examples)
Automotive Bearings and bearing materials
Engineering High accelerated machine parts, piston bearings and calander coatings, rotor/stator systems

Special Expertise and Testing Equipment

Special Expertise

  • Application-oriented customized development of composite materials and manufacturing processes, tribological testing procedures and methodology, component testing

Testing Capabilities

  • Sliding, abrasion, erosion, fretting
  • Various contact geometries at high specific loads and velocities
  • Lubricated testing

Materials and Questions

Typical Materials

  • Thermosets
  • Thermoplastics
  • Elastomers
  • Glass/carbon/aramid fibers
  • Micro- and nanoparticles
  • Solid lubricants

Typical Questions

  • What is the impact of transfer film formation on friction and wear in sliding contacts?
  • Which experimental data is needed for simulating polymer/steel gears?
  • Which procedures are suitable for testing polymer/polymer slide pairings?

Projects in this field

Publications from the IVW papers in this field of competence

  • Gebhard, A.

    Creation of an Information Management System for Tribology Laboratories and its Application to Transfer Film Luminance Analysis

  • Jim, B.-C.

    Transferfilm-Luminance-Analysis: A comprehensive transfer film detection and evaluation method

  • Padenko, E.

    PBI-Hochleistungsbeschichtungen für verschleißbeanspruchte Funktionsflächen

  • Sebastian, R.

    Advanced in-situ Measurements within Sliding Contacts

  • Rasheva, Z.

    Polyamidimid-basierte Beschichtungen für schnell laufende Maschinenelemente mit integrierten Tribofunktionen

  • Gyurova, L.A.

    Sliding Friction and Wear of Polyphenylene Sulfide Matrix Composites: Experimental and Artificial Neural Network Approach

  • Harraß, M.

    Tribologische Beanspruchung ausgewählter technischer Kunststoffe unter Roll-Gleit-Kontakt

  • Chang, Li

    Friction and Wear of Nanoparticle Filled Polymer Composites

  • Kameo, K.

    New routes for tailoring metal- and ceramic-based composites for tribological applications

  • Klein, P.

    Tribologisches Eigenschaftsprofil kurzfaserverstärkter Polytetrafluor-ethylen/Polyetheretherketon-Verbundwerkstoffe

  • Oster, F.

    Hochtemperaturbeständige Polymer-Beschichtungen für tribologische Anwendungen

  • Flöck, J.

    Beitrag zur experimentellen und modellhaften Beschreibung der Gleitverschleißmechanismen kohlenstoffaserverstärkter Polyetheretherketone PEEK)Verbunde

  • Reinicke, R.

    Eigenschaftsprofil neuer Verbundwerkstoffe für tribologische Anwendungen im Automobilbereich

  • Hartmann, A.

    Lebenszykluskostenrechnung als strategisches oder operatives Bewertungs- und Planungsinstrument für die Technologie der Faser-Kunststoff-Verbunde