This contribution presents a new ball-on-disk vacuum tribometer with in situ measurement of the wear track by digital holographic microscopy. This new tribometer allow observing the evolution of the wear track in situ and in real-time. The method combines a high vacuum high temperature ball-on-disk tribometer with a digital holographic microscope (DHM). The machine was tested and validated by taking DHM images during wear tests in vacuum at 2·10-6 of polished 100Cr6 steel disks.
B. Meylan, D. Ciani, B. Zhang, E. Cuche, and K. Wasmer, A New Ball-On-Disk Vacuum Tribometer With In Situ Measurement of The Wear Track by Digital Holographic Microscopy, Surf. Topogr.: Metrol. Prop., Vol. 5, paper ID: 044004, 2017, doi: https://doi.org/10.1088/2051-672X/aa854a
Evolution of the wear for 1 to 500 Laps. This video shows the complete evolution of the wear track from the first lap to lap 500. The picture are taken at the same position by triggering of the DHM by the tribometer rotation. Bellow, is the average profile made in the black box above. Test conditions: 1N load with a rotation velocity of 1cm/s at room temperature in vacuum.
Evolution of the wear along the wear track. This video shows the evolution of the wear track for 100 pictures taken along the wear track.The picture are taken at 12.5 images /s with a rotation speed of 0.17cm/s. Bellow, is the average profile made in the black box above. Test conditions: 1N load with a rotation velocity of 1cm/s at room temperature in vacuum for 50 laps