Pin on disc tribometer


Pin on disc tribometer

A pin on disc tribometer is the standard equipment used to determine the sliding friction coefficient and wear resistance of surfaces. The tester consists of a stationary "pin" under an applied load in contact with a rotating disc.

Either the pin or the disc can be wear- and friction-tested using the pin on disc tester. The pin is usually a sphere however it may be any geometry that simulates the actual application counter surface. [cite web
url=http://www.micromaterials.co.uk/Pin-on-Disk...htm
title=Pin-on-Disk Testing
accessdate=2008-01-09
]

A load cell attached to the pin on disc tester is used to measure the evolution of the friction coefficient with sliding distance. [cite web
url=http://www.koehlerinstrument.com/products/K93500.html
title=K93500 Pin-On-Disc Tester
accessdate=2008-01-09
] Sliding wear of the disc can be measured after the pin on disc test using a simple piece of equipment called a Calo tester.

The pin on disc test has proved particularly useful in providing a simple wear and friction test for low friction coatings on machine components, such as the valve train, particularly in motor sports. These components are now coated with low friction coatings such as diamond-like carbon to reduce energy losses and the requirement for lubricant.

See also

* Scratch tester, coating adhesion tester
* Calo tester, coating thickness tester

References

* [http://www.pvd-coatings.co.uk/pin-on-disc-tester.htm Pin on disc tester]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.