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TribTech provides novel friction enhanced  couplings employing cold pressure welds.

Trib-Couplings are friction enhanced metal-to-metal couplings such as press-fits, shrink-fits, swaged fasteners etc. They also provide low cost releasable alternatives to keyways or splines; follow links below for more details.

Trib-Couplings employ a thin film of chemical cold-weld agent placed between pressed together surfaces, the agent enlarges microscopic asperity contacts. This provides instant extra grip without heat or cure. Upon relaxing the contact pressure the cold pressure micro welds fracture, without leaving visible damage to the surfaces, hence these enhanced couplings can be released and re-made

Looking forward, recent innovations provide improved torque and cooling within electronic commutated electrical machines wherein iron stators are a press-fit into an aluminium heat sink such as the casing. Normally upon warming the aluminium expands faster than steel, thereby reducing contact pressure, frictional retention and thermal conductivity, which reduces coupled torque and cooling rate. This behaviour is potentially reversed with a trib-coupled casing.

Click on links below to review further historic examples of metal to metal 'friction-enhanced' couplings

Non engineering uses for chemical-mechanical (tribological) treatments.

These chemical-mechanical processes use applicators originally designed to apply chemicals to metal surfaces. In essence they are mildly abrasive tools that  grip and moves the skin to and fro skin over underlying subcutaneous facial tissues, which exercises the tissues while applying topical skin care formulations:  

  • Male face-shaving:  novel shave brush that improves wetting, extends razor life, gives closer shave and massages lower face to make it look younger 
  • Cellulite treatment: a body brush with novel stick/slip action that vibrates and massages affected tissues which disrupts adipose fats and reduces cellulite
  • Self-tanning:  applicator exfoliates skin when applying self-tanning lotion while keeping hands clean and dry

 Home Care - enhanced friction abrasive tools shift more dirt while keeping hands clean and dry


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The TribTech name derives from  "tribos" - Greek for 'rubbing'. 'TribTech' is a trade name used by Ball Burnishing Machine Tools Ltd. Registered Office 12 Brookmans Av. Hatfield, Herts. AL9 7QJ. United Kingdom;  Company Reg. No. 1408807, VAT Reg. No. 421 6210 04; a knowledge based company that develops, patents and licenses technology based on aspects of  tribology, the science of surfaces. All rights reserved by Ball Burnishing Machine Tools Ltd. Last modified: 29th Sept 2016 copyright 1999/2016. The information and data provided herein should be considered generally representative for the tools and technologies described. In all cases users should carefully evaluate the tools and technologies to determine their suitability for a particular purpose. Be aware this site uses cookies, your continued use implies you accept these.