Steinbeis Transfer Center Tribology in Application and Practice


  • Surface analysis and roughness measurements in 2D and 3D
  • Material testing and analysis
  • Layer analysis
  • Tribology

The Steinbeis Transfer Center at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe specializes in tribological analysis and the assessment of surfaces and materials. We work across a variety of sectors on a wide range of projects for industrial enterprises and research institutions. It also goes without saying that as a tribology laboratory, we carry out wear analysis, wear testing, and frictional value measurements. In addition, we offer seminars in these areas.

Our client base includes a number of well-known companies, which we support with modern analysis methods and experience in our fields of specialization. The work we carry out is based on scientific methods of a university standard hand in hand with the proactive approach of an industrial enterprise.

Key Areas

Surface analysis and roughness measurements in 2D and 3D

  • Light microscopy
  • Surface measurements in 2D and 3D
  • Roughness measurements in 2D and 3D
  • Atomic/scanning force microscopy
  • Contour, shape, and position measurement
  • Contact angle measurement

Material testing and analysis

  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Material analysis (EDX)
  • Hardness testing
  • Microhardness testing
  • Nanoindentation
  • Photothermal edge zone analysis
  • Tensile/compression testing

Layer analysis

  • Coating thickness measurement
  • Adhesion testing
  • Layer hardness testing


  • Wear analysis
  • Wear testing
  • Friction value measurement
  • Consulting

Tribology seminars

  • Friction
  • Lubrication
  • Contact stresses
  • Surface structures
  • Wear
  • Analysis
  • Materials

Roughness seminars

  • Filters, cutoff wavelengths, measurement conditions
  • Indicators and characteristic curves
  • Measurement strategies
  • Surface specification drawing
  • Special cases involving roughness measurement
  • Surface metrology


Steinbeis Transfer Magazine

Measuring root cause for bearing wear (Transfer 3/2015)
Steinbeis team develops measurement technique for the tribological characterization of reaction layers

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Erzbergerstr. 121, D-76133 Karlsruhe
Phone: +49 172 9057349
Management: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Schorr
(Stand: 07/06/2022)

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