This scanning electron microscope image shows ultrafine diamond needles (cone shapes rising from bottom) being pushed on by a diamond tip (dark shape at top). These images reveal that the diamond needles can bend as much as 9 percent and still return to their original shape.
Advanced Materials

How to bend and stretch a diamond

18.05.2018 tribonet 110 Views

The brittle material can turn flexible when made into ultrafine needles, researchers find. Diamond is well-known as the strongest of all natural materials, and with that strength comes another tightly linked property: brittleness. But now, […]

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Coatings to prevent Pipeline Clogging

17.01.2018 tribonet 390 Views

Solution developed at MIT could stop buildup of hydrate ices that slow or block oil and gas flow. When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig suffered a catastrophic explosion and blowout on April 21, 2010, leading […]

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Advanced Materials

“Active” surfaces control what’s on them

04.09.2017 tribonet 150 Views

Researchers develop treated surfaces that can actively control how fluids or particles move. Researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia have developed a new way of making surfaces that can actively control how fluids or […]

friction tuning
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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 […]

Tribology News

Benefits of Hybrid Bearings in Severe Conditions

03.07.2017 tribonet 303 Views

Hybrid bearings, i.e., bearings with steel rings and bearing grade silicon nitride (Si3N4) rolling elements, have been increasingly used in applications operating in challenging environments [1-4] such as high-speed, oil-free air conditioning and refrigeration compressors, […]

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Leaping Lizards!

01.07.2017 tribonet 51 Views

UC Riverside-led research tests the limits of gecko adhesion. RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Many geckos inhabit trees, often living high in the canopy. Relying on their incredible adhesive strength to help them break their fall, they […]