MIT water platform
General Topics

Movable micro-platform floats on a sea of droplets

17.08.2017 tribonet 811 Views
New technique offers precise, durable control over tiny mirrors or stages. Microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS, are tiny machines fabricated using equipment and processes developed for the production of electronic chips and devices. They’ve found a […]
graphene structure
Advanced Materials

The Science of Friction on Graphene

12.08.2017 tribonet 1309 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 […]
balls bouncing colours
Computational Tribology

Computer matches Humans at predicting How Objects Move

02.08.2017 tribonet 308 Views
“3-D physics engine” from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory simulates the human brain to infer physical properties. We humans take for granted our remarkable ability to predict things that happen around us. For […]
friction tuning
General Topics

Vanishing Friction

01.08.2017 tribonet 1312 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 […]
Custom Tool Kit of the Future - Manufacturing and Processing
General Topics

Custom Tool Kit of the Future

15.07.2017 tribonet 193 Views
The world offers a wild number of tools to the modern tinkerer. Yet the perfect tool never seems to be within arm’s reach, or available at all. The angle of the handle is off, the […]