The research team Traction Mechanisms and Tribology is part of Professorship of Materials Handling and Conveying Engineering of Professor Dr.-Ing. Klaus Nendel at the Institute of Materials Handling, Conveying and Plastics Engineering of the Chemnitz University of Technology. Within the scope of the professorship "development and dimensioning of continuous conveyors and other technical parts of logistic systems", our team is working on the following subjects:
Our specific know-how concerns conveyor chains or modular belts made of plastic. We support our project partners in developing, prototyping, testing and creating dimensioning basics. A particular role plays the study of materials' behaviour concerning friction and wear, the development of low-friction materials as well as the structural design with the demand on decreasing the motion resistance.
Of increasing importance is the monitoring of conveyor systems with regard to crucial state variables such as wear, temperatures in sliding contacts, chain tension or chain vibrations. Based on such measurements, the reliability of the systems can be improved and maintenance intervals can be optimized.