Tribology is the science of moving surfaces in contact. It is a highly complex field in which many disciplines from natural and engineering sciences are addressed! Basically, tribology is a multi-scale issue and one has to consider effects on the nano-, micro- and macroscopic scale in order to understand the processes involved and subsequently to provide solutions.


Our consultants will support you in designing and optimizing your tribological system and  assist you whenever friction and wear data of materials are required or detailed tribological analysis of your contacting surfaces are necessary. The goal is to bridge the gap between the differently involved disciplines and to work out strategies with you to reduce friction and wear based machine failures.

In this context, a careful analysis of your tribological system is of utmost importance. We will offer you access to highly advanced techniques to study all relevant properties on different scales. Examples are:


  • Roughness measurements by White Light Interferometry and Laser Scanning Microscopy

  • Light and electron microscopy for imaging

  • EDS for chemical analysis

  • Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) for obtaining information on microtextures and phases as well as grain misorientations in materials

  • STEM and TEM for highly resolved imaging and diffraction analysis

  • Focused Ion Beam Microscopy (FIB) for advanced imaging and cross-sectional preparation as well as tomographic studies in localized regions of interest

  • Raman spectroscopy for chemical analysis

  • X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) for highly resolved elemental analysis in depth

  • X-Ray diffraction for phase-, texture- and residual stress analysis

  • Hardness measurement devices and tribometers to collect tribomechanical data etc.

Tribology is the science of surfaces being subjected to relative motion. Nowadays, tribology is a very complex and interdisciplinary field covering for example aspects of physics, chemistry and engineering sciences.

Chemical analysis in depth and measurement of oxide thicknesses for example by XPS

Advanced elemental distribution in materials and regions of interest with atomic resolution in 3D by Atom Probe Tomography




As a tribology and lubrication consulting company, Trilub Chile helps customers by providing independent reports and detailed reviews for all problems related to friction and wear as well as the usage of lubricants (type of lubricant, amount of lubrication, storage of lubricants, lube rooms etc.) for machine components or proper materials selection (pure metals, alloys, polymers, ceramics, composite materials or coatings) for your tribological system.

Our experts cover all relevant tribological fields (friction, wear such as erosive or abrasive wear, contact mechanics, boundary, mixed as well as elasto- and hydrodynamic lubrication, simulation and modelling) thus assisting your legal team in decision making processes by technical information as far as machine or materials failures are concerned in your case. We have access to fully equipped materials and tribology labs with advanced and high resolution techniques to perform additional failure analysis if needed or we place detailed reports and reviews at your disposal based on the technical facts you have send us.

Please do not hesitate to contact us.

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