TriboCorrosion Research, Combining Tribology and Microscopy
Corrosion pitting and mechanical wear are two fundamental mechanisms of failure across many industries. The ability to study the interplay between the processes that drive corrosion, and how the surface modification causes mechanical property change is critical to improving the longevity of infrastructure and minimising maintenance overhead.
The Bruker UMT is a high resolution, fully reconfigurable tribology tool capable to perform virtually all standard tribology test protocols. The UMT TriboCorrosion cell further enables researchers and engineers to get a fundamental understanding of how corrosion effects the lifetime of hardware by allowing galvanic processes to be driven in a controlled manner while mechanical property changes of the surface due to changes in surface morphology and structure can be studied with high mechanical sensitivity.
The UMT TriboCorrosion capability is complimented by the quantitative imaging of the Bruker Contour GT 3D interferometric microscope. Providing nanometre resolution 3D surface imaging in just a few seconds, the Bruker Contour GT gives a reliable measure of surface change due to electrochemical processes. Generating a high resolution, quantitative 3D surface in seconds is backed up with MultiRegional Analysis to qualify surface roughness, or the size and volume of hundreds of pits in the 3D image automatically following image acquisition.
To learn more about how the Bruker UMT or Contour GT can be applied to your research please contact us today. Download the datasheet or read more on our website.
Surface morphology changes due to corrosion can be quantitatively assessed with the Contour GT 3D microscope. Surface change over 30mins shows an increase in surface roughness from Ra=1.0µm to Ra=2.58µm.
Surface pitting and other surface structures can be quickly and automatically assessed with Bruker MultiRegional Analysis capability