Dr Nicola Symonds

Unit Head


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The ability of a material to resist wear, or to wear at a known rate, is a very important property.  It is one we are set up to quantify for you.  We can use our wide range of research equipment to measure the wear resistance of provided materials, ranking their performance.

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Our bespoke wear tests are designed by expert tribologists.  Each with many years of experience, they are available to offer the best advice to allow you to get the most from the results.

  • A 'true tribocouple' is when we wear actual materials under in-service conditions, replicating load, speed, pressure, lubrication, temperature etc

Wear conditions we can simulate

  • Sliding wear
    • Reciprocating
    • Single direction
  • Abrasive wear:
    • 2 body
    • 3 body
  • Erosive wear
    • Slurry
    • Air-sand
    • Cavitation


  • Erosion by liquids

    Our slurry erosion rig, allows us to simulate the effects of particles in liquids. We work with the oil industry testing materials for pumps and in pipe work.

    Particulate Erosion Testing
  • Air-sand erosion

    We perform tests to assess materials for use in 'dirty' airflows. For example helicopter blades in dessert conditions, wind turbines, leading edges of aeroplane wings

    Particulate Erosion Testing
  • Small scale

    Learn about micro-abrasion, in which a grit loaded ceramic ball is rotated against the samples.

    Micro Abrasion Wear Testing
  • Abrasive wheels

    Let us introduce are new piece of kit - the Taber Abrader. We combine this industry standard piece of kit with our extensive post test analysis techniques.

    Taber Abrader Wear Testing
  • Tribo couple

    Find out about our pin-on-disc and reciprocating sliding wear rigs , each can also measure friction.

    Sliding Wear and Friction
  • Cavitation erosion

    We can simulate the wear caused by collapsing bubbles often found in pipe work, pumps and impellers.

    Cavitation Erosion Testing

Post test analysis

  • Mass loss on precision balance (0.01mg)
  • Volume loss using 3D surface area profilometry
  • Roughness parameters using metrology equipment
  • Cross-sectional views through wear scars
  • Optical and scanning election microscopy