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Seminar provides an overview of the various factors influencing complex tribological systems

The seminar "Tribological Properties" has been offered by the German Plastics Center (SKZ) for several years and enjoys great popularity. Why are the tribological properties of thermoplastics important and why is it worth attending the course? We talk about this with seminar organizer Dr. Ludger Czyborra from Celanese Services Germany GmbH.

March 1, 2023
Seminar Tribologie Kunststoffe

The SKZ seminar "Tribological Properties" provides a very good overview of the various factors influencing tribological systems. (Image: ultimator/adobe.stock.com)

Tribological properties of plastics - 3 questions about the SKZ seminar to Dr. Ludger Czyborra (Celanese)

SKZ: Tribology is the science of friction, wear and lubrication of moving bodies. Why is it so important and what role do plastics play in this?
Dr. Ludger Czyborra:
Nowadays, tribological systems are used in almost all industries, be it household appliances, such as electric toothbrushes, medical products, such as insulin pens, or machine bearings. The current trend is away from lubricant-wetting systems toward self-lubricating systems. Here, plastics offer the advantages that they often do not require any additional lubricant, are maintenance-free and often low-noise. In addition, they are in principle recyclable from an environmental point of view.
 
SKZ: What advantages do thermoplastics have in terms of their tribological properties?
Czyborra:
Thermoplastics are relatively easy to process, are lighter than metals, are cheaper in price for large series and are maintenance-free. So it's worth considering plastics as friction partners if the application allows.
 
SKZ: Why should participants attend your course at SKZ?
Czyborra:
Tribological systems are relatively complex. The seminar provides a very good overview of the various factors influencing tribological systems. Participants learn about the boundary conditions in order to sensibly select a suitable material. Practical examples are used to illustrate possibilities and limitations. In the case of complex questions from practice, there is of course also the possibility to exchange ideas directly with me or the speakers.
 

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