On Self-adjusting Contacts in Pin-On-Disk Testers is now available from Alexander Vogel, Technische Universität Braunschweig, on the EuroBrake website. He answers a few related questions below:
What do you find most interesting about the topic you are presenting on?
The complex multidisciplinary interaction of mechanics, electronics and programming to fulfil a superordinate task is most interesting for me. The combination of all three subdisciplines enables us to enhance the tribometer’s functionality and to reach an ideally stiff guiding of the test specimen.
How has coronavirus affected your work and has it had a direct impact on the work you are presenting?
Personally, Corona made me establish new communication methods and allowed me to work intensely on my thesis. Concerning work, almost all professional affairs were continued. We reduced our physical contact and started to work from home, or came to work in shifts to carry on with laboratory tests
Who do you think will be most interested in seeing your presentation and who would you most like to ask questions about it?
The adaptive anti-tilting device that we developed compensates an effect, which is present in any tribometer. Thus, everybody who is operating a tribometer and doing tribological tests should be aware of the specimens tilting under load and how to deal with this phenomenon. We will be happy to address all kinds of people involved in the brake industry.
Alexander Vogel is a Research Engineer in the tribology working group around Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ostermeyer at the Institute of Dynamics and Vibrations in Braunschweig, Germany. He studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig. Afterwards, he started to work on his PhD thesis. His current research topic is the adaptive contact guiding in an automated tribometer.