The tribological system is subjected to a collective load: both the course and the duration influence the tribological system. Various influencing factors such as speed, temperature, type of movement (e.g. sliding, rolling) and kind of movement (e.g. oscillating, rotating) play a role. This leads to surface changes in the tribological system, which cause material and energy losses. This results in friction and wear parameters that can be used to characterize the tribological system (Figure above).
“A lower coefficient of friction means lower energy losses and therefore a longer service life.”
The scientific field of tribology deals with the tribological system and its economic optimization in individual applications.