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A ball-on-disc instrument for measuring the frictional properties of lubricated and unlubricated contacts under an applied electrical potential, and a wide range of rolling and sliding conditions.
The MTM-EC is a modification for existing MTM systems, which can not only measure frictional properties under a wide range of speeds, loads and temperatures, but now also gives users the ability to apply an electrical potential across the ball and disc contact. This allows for the quick characterisation of lubricants, materials and formulations, and now also the study of electrical potentials in tribological contacts.
The MTM-EC keeps the unique ball-on-disc configuration of the standard MTM, enabling any combination of rolling and sliding conditions to be replicated, spanning all three lubrication regimes (boundary, mixed and EHL).
It is also an easily customisable system, with users being able to customise their own power supply and oscilloscope attachments, meaning the MTM-EC builds upon the already impressive versatility of the standard MTM. PCS Instruments will also provide an oscilloscope integrated with the MTM-EC software, and a DC power supply unit.
Available as either a modification to an existing MTM, or as a new system entirely, the MTM-EC is an essential rig for those in growing fields ranging from electric vehicles to renewable power generation.