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High-Precision Tribometer for Studies of Adhesive Contacts

Lyashenko, Iakov A.; Popov, Valentin L.; Pohrt, Roman; Borysiuk, Vadym

Herein, we describe the design of a laboratory setup operating as a high-precision tribometer. The whole design procedure is presented, starting with a concept, followed by the creation of an exact 3D model and final assembly of all functional parts. The functional idea of the setup is based on a previously designed device that was used to perform more simple tasks. A series of experiments revealed certain disadvantages of the initial setup, for which pertinent solutions were found and implemented. Processing and correction of the data obtained from the device are demonstrated with an example involving backlash and signal drift errors. Correction of both linear and non-linear signal drift errors is considered. We also show that, depending on the research interests, the developed equipment can be further modified by alternating its peripheral parts without changing the main frame of the device.
Published in: Sensors, 10.3390/s23010456, MDPI