Steinbeis Transfer Center Tribology Application and Practice


  • Surveying of surfaces
  • Coating analysis
  • Material investigations
  • Tribology know-how

The Steinbeis Center at the Cooperate State University in Karlsruhe offers analyzes of surfaces, measurement of roughness values by standard, layer and material analyzes of components as well as services for tribology. The range of services includes pay surveys up to complete development projects to reduce wear, including advice on tribology.

Key Areas

Surveying of surfaces

  • Light microscopy
  • Optical roughness measurement and topography
  • Roughness characteristics 2D / 3D according to standard
  • Contour measurement
  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Wettability of surfaces

Coating analyzes

  • Thickness measurement
  • Adhesion test
  • Coefficient of friction
  • Reflectometric thin film measurement

Material Investigations

  • Hardness measurement
  • Microhardness measurement
  • Material identification
  • Material structure
  • Material fatigue
  • Orientation microscopy


  • Friction
  • Lubrication
  • Surfaces
  • Wear
  • Wear analysis
  • Material Selection

Project Examples

  • Reducing wear of highly stressed valve seats
  • Contour and surface analysis of optical precision lenses
  • Surface measurements of stents with high-precision optical instruments
  • Wear-friendly design of surfaces
  • Reducing stressed by jet wear components
  • Reduce testing time by early nondestructive recognizable structural changes

Steinbeis Media

Steinbeis Transfer magazine

"Measuring root cause for bearing wear" (Transfer 3/2015)

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Erzbergerstr. 121, D-76133 Karlsruhe
Phone: +49 172 9057349
Management: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Schorr
(Stand: 04/03/2017)

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