Computational Tribology

Simulating Physics

06.12.2017 tribonet 498 Views

Nature is quantum mechanical, and UCSB/Google researchers are ready to study it with a nine-qubit array and the problem of many-body localization When does a metal stop being metallic? When do atoms start breaking the […]

metal micrographs
General Topics

How to get sprayed metal coatings to stick

04.12.2017 tribonet 617 Views

Micrographs of a metal surface after impact by metal particles. Craters are formed due to melting of the surface from the impact. Image courtesy of the researchers. “When spraying metal coatings, melting hurts rather than […]

golf ball
General Topics

Morphable surfaces could cut air resistance

30.11.2017 tribonet 599 Views

Adding golf ball-like dimples to surfaces could reduce drag and improve efficiency of vehicles. There is a story about how the modern golf ball, with its dimpled surface, came to be: In the mid-1800s, it […]

General Topics

The ‘Origami Robot’ that can be ingested

19.10.2017 tribonet 3,788 Views

Ever swallowed a button-battery? And wondered how to get it out? Have no fear, the origami robot is here! That’s right, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has come up with a pill-sized origami robot, which will […]

graphene structure
Advanced Materials

The Science of Friction on Graphene

12.08.2017 tribonet 322 Views

  Sliding on flexible graphene surfaces has been uncharted territory until now, Graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon sheets just one atom thick, has been the subject of widespread research, in large part because of […]

friction tuning
General Topics

Vanishing Friction

01.08.2017 tribonet 718 Views

Illustration: Christine Daniloff/MIT and Alexei Bylinkskii A new technique tunes friction between two surfaces, to the point where friction can vanish. MIT researchers developed a frictional interface at the atomic level. The blue corrugated surface […]