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An environmental tribometer for the study of rubbing surface reactivity

Adamou, Adib Soufiane and Denape, Jean and Paris, Jean-Yves and Andrieu, Eric An environmental tribometer for the study of rubbing surface reactivity. (2006) Wear, 261 (3 - 4). 311-317. ISSN 0043-1648

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wear.2005.11.008


A new tribometer was designed to study the reactivity of rubbing surfaces under controlled environmental conditions. The contacting samples are isolated from the atmosphere by a chamber under secondary vacuum (10−6 mbar) where reactive gasses can be injected. The sample chamber can also be heated up to 900 ◦C by a radiative furnace. The sliding velocity can be varied from 0.05 to 1.5 m/s and the applied load from 5 to 100N (contact pressure ranged between 130MPa and 1.3 GPa). The instrumentation of the tribometer enables continuous measurement of the normal and tangential forces, vertical displacement of the contacting samples, temperature in the vicinity of the contact zone, partial pressure and gas composition in the test chamber and electrical contact resistance. The design difficulties have been exposed and the chosen technological solutions are presented. A test has been carried out to validate the tribological device.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. The definitive version is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com The original PDF of the article can be found at Wear website : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00431648
HAL Id:hal-03597330
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
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