This division is working on machine elements, e.g. components in all kinds of machines. Examples of these components are gears, brakes, clutches, screws, etc. The research on the division is mainly concentrated to Tribology, which is the science of wear, friction and lubrication.
There are many research projects, from separation systems for satellites (see picture) via drive trains in vehicles, bearings in water power turbines to roller oils and compressors for air conditioners.
Some of the research projects on the division of machine elements is:
- Textured surface tribology
- Environmental adapted lubricants
- Optimized wet clutches
- Gear Tribology
- Elastomer friction
Characterisation of surfaces are important in many of these research projects.