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Technical Committee Lubricants

Development of a Dynamical Test Method to Evaluate Combinations of Oil and Elastomers with Respect to Friction and Abrasion

Aim of the current research project is the development of a dynamic test procedure for the RWDR-Tribometer, to determine the friction and wear behavior of elastomer materials with simple standard test bodies. The new test method should allow a relative comparison of different elastomer materials in their interaction with different oils for several sealing applications. Conditions for a dynamic standard test with the RWDR-Tribometer are uniform test parameters and test conditions to enable a comparability of measurements with the RWDR-Tribometer independent of the manufacturer or the user. For this reason a test procedure has to be developed, which contains all test parameters and test conditions. This test procedure should be developed in such a way, that is generally suitable as a standard wear and frictional measurement method for elastomer materials in the sealing applications. Furthermore a calibration procedure has to be developed, which should guarantee the quality of measurements with the RWDR-Tribometern, so that a comparability of measuring results with the RWDR-Tribometern, so that a comparability of measuring results with RWDR-Tribometers is given independent of the location or the user.

The IGF project (15551N) of the Research Association for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Coal was funded by the AiF in the framework of the
of the programme for the promotion of joint industrial research and development (IGF) by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology on the basis of a resolution of the German Bundestag.

Mandy Wilke, O. von Estorff, Volkert Wollesen
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