The Tribology Laboratory is a recently established facility dedicated to the study of tribological properties of rubbing surfaces and the lubricating ability of ionic liquids as lubricants, and additives of synthetic, mineral and bio-lubricants. In addition, the lab equipment is used to deliver the experimental section of the course MECE-789 Experimental Tribology.
Major Equipment: The lab includes a pin-on-disk and a ball-on-flat reciprocating tribometers, designed and fabricated by students and faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department at RIT. The pin-on-disk features are : 1) Normal force, friction coefficient, sliding distance and speed are registered and displayed in real time; 2) Rotational speed from 0 to 500 rpm; 3) Normal loads from 0.5 N to 20 N; and 4) Tests compliant to ASTM G99. The ball-on-flat reciprocating features are: 1) Normal force, friction coefficient, sliding distance and speed are registered and displayed in real time; 2) Frequency from 0 to 10 Hz; 3) Stroke from 2 to 10 mm; and 4) Test complaints to ASTM G33. In addition, the lab houses a Bookfield DV2T viscometer with thermosel, a Spark Depo 300 coating machine, a Fisher Scientific high-speed mini centrifuge, a Mettler Toledo Balance MS304TS, and a Wilson Tukon microhardness tester.
Recognitions: New York State Pollution and Prevention Institute, REPSOL, Gleason Works, Arnold Magnets