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Our fully functional tribology laboratory supports research programs with innovative ideas, technology, and equipment. Our facilities have carefully controlled environmental conditions that house a variety of test benches. We have the tools required for comprehensive tribological studies, including equipment for cooperative research studies, engine benchmarking, lubricant characterization, materials analysis, metrology, research engines and surface analysis.

Friction and wear of materials and geometries of engine components and subsystems are characterized using single-cylinder research engines that allow oil changes and oil sampling from the liner or piston assembly while the engine is running, engine component rigs and bench rigs selected to maximize the range of contact geometries and materials.

We offer full-scale and laboratory wear-test design, mathematical model development, research, rheology and evaluation and analysis of wear mechanisms.