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Conference Papers in Science
Volume 2015, Article ID 496515, 6 pages
Conference Paper

A New Compression-Torsion-Tribometer with Scalable Contact Pressure for Characterization of Tool Wear during Plastic Deformation

Institute of Metal Forming (IBF), RWTH Aachen University, Intzestraße 10, 52056 Aachen, Germany

Received 31 July 2014; Accepted 20 November 2014

Academic Editor: Matthias Scherge

This Conference Paper is based on a presentation given by Marco Teller at “European Symposium on Friction, Wear, and Wear Protection” held from 6 May 2014 to 8 May 2014 in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Copyright © 2015 Marco Teller et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A contact pressure which reaches up to ten times the yield stress of the workpiece material is characteristic for cold extrusion processes. Common tests for friction and wear are limited to rather low contact pressures. Thus, the aim of this paper is to present a new compression-torsion-tribometer which is able to scale the contact pressure to a multiple of the yield stress of the workpiece. In order to enable a contact pressure that greatly exceeds the yield stress of the workpiece material, the workpiece specimen is encapsulated laterally. As main parameters, contact pressure, glide length, and relative velocity can be adjusted independently, thus allowing for multiple load cycles. The resulting torque is measured continuously as an indicator for wear. Afterwards wear can be also quantified by examination of surfaces. Hence, the developed setup enables a comparison of tool surfaces and coatings and a characterization of wear behaviour under high contact pressure.