Development of a Linear Tribometer
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A mobile, linear tribometer for studying frictional characteristics on various materials gliding on snow and ice has been developed. The tribometer has the ability to adjust the normal force on the specimen to simulate realistic sports/transport conditions. Results from initial testing indicates that the tribometer can distinguish very small differences in friction forces. The friction of a set of rubber blocks sliding on ice has been tested, and the results indicates that increased rubber hardness leads to friction reduction, as expected from theory. The tribometer is planned to run friction tests outdoors on snow and ice, and is also going to be used in the coming friction track at the BAT, to run experiments with more controlled environmental parameters.