In the Macrotribology and Wear Protection division, we investigate technological and process innovations relating to friction and wear. This concerns socially and macroeconomically relevant topics such as resource, energy and material efficiency. We also examine the conservation of resources through the reduction of friction and the use of ecotoxicologically acceptable lubricants (biofuels and biolubes) – including those based on renewable raw materials – as well as those that use hydrogen or methane as energy sources.

Testing prerequisites and material-related and lubrication-related solutions needed to achieve these goals are established in cooperation with national and international partners to further technological development.
This is because human toxicological and ecotoxicological regulations necessitate the provision of a growing number of substitutes for well-established, high-performance materials, coatings and lubricants.

The findings of our research are applied to international standardisation.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Heinz Sturm, Head of Department Materials Protection and Surface Technology, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)

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