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Advanced Materials

“Active” surfaces control what’s on them

04.09.2017 tribonet 135 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 […]
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General Topics

Vanishing Friction

01.08.2017 tribonet 653 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 182 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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General Topics

Leaping Lizards!

01.07.2017 tribonet 38 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 […]