National Centre of Tribology

Tribology is the science and technology of interacting surfaces in relative motion. It includes the important subjects of lubrication, friction and wear that impact on the efficiency, reliability and performance of many industrial machines and processes.
Operating within ESR Technology, The National Centre of Tribology (NCT) has been the focus for expertise in this area for over 40 years. It supports industry through the provision of a wide range of independent consultancy and problem solving services. NCT is made up of a multi-disciplinary, expert team of engineers and scientists which includes specialists in materials, failure analysis, surface engineering, corrosion, wear, metallography, metallurgy, valves, pumps, seals, gears, bearings, lubrication, polymers and tribology.

NCT’s world-class engineers and scientists provide expertise in:
  • Root Cause Failure Analysis
  • Bearing Design and Application
  • Design Audits and Reviews
  • Design of Innovative Equipment
  • Materials Assessment and Selection
  • Surface Engineering
NCT has test facilities for the evaluation of lubricants, materials and components. This is supported by a comprehensive range of equipment for the examination and assessment of materials which includes:
  • Tribological Testing
  • Metallographic Preparation and Analysis
  • Optical Microscopy
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Surface Topography