graphene structure

The Science of Friction on Graphene

12.08.2017 tribonet 420 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 […]

metallic glass gears

Metallic Glass Gears for NASA Robots

07.08.2017 tribonet 17,939 Views

Throw a baseball, and you might say it’s all in the wrist. For robots, it’s all in the gears. Gears are essential for precision robotics. They allow limbs to turn smoothly and stop on command; […]

friction tuning

Vanishing Friction

01.08.2017 tribonet 786 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 […]