• Chemistry and Materials
  • Digital World and Robotics
  • Societal and economic transition & Risk management
  • Transport and Mobility

Extreme Tribology (TRIBEX)



The Extreme Tribology platform allows to reproduce the friction and wear conditions in severe conditions of speed, temperature and contact pressure.

Specific tests are developed on the various equipments that make it up to recreate on a reduced scale the contact conditions that are involved in the shaping processes and other applications where friction is severe such as braking. The post-treatment of the samples produced allows to identify the mechanisms of wear and damage at the interfaces, to select cutting oils and lubricants according to the conditions of surfaces, to reproduce the particles generated (3rd body) in real situation.

This platform is part of the Tribosurf regional platform and continues its development through the RITMEA project co-funded by the State, the Hauts-de-France region and the PO Féder (2021 - 2027)


  • Laurent Dubar
  • Philippe MOREAU
    Technical manager
  • Michel WATREMEZ
    Scientific manager


Le Mont Houy
Bâtiment CISIT
59313 VALENCIENNES Cedex 9




• Determination of friction at room temperature or high temperature (up to 1200°C) for sliding speeds of up to 500 mm/s and high contact pressures under different lubrication or tool coating states.

• Potential for replication of oxides in shaping processes.

• Hardness and elasticity characterization by indentation testing

• Scratch test (max speed: 10 mm/s)

• Analysis of surfaces damaged by focus variation microscopy or interferometry

• Scanning Electron Microscopy (EDS –EBSD) Damage Analysis

Example(s) of projects

The Role of Oxides in High Temperature Steel/Steel Friction 🡭

Study of trapping mechanisms
of polluted lubricants

Study of high temperature aluminium contact with DLC coated tools

Determination of the elastic and hardness properties of bone

Study of micropoles on flint

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

National : UTC (France)

International : Shanghai Jiao tong University (China), TU-Darmstadt (Germany), Nagoya Institute of Technology (Japan), Technical University of Denmark (Denmark), ELTE (Hungary)

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

MG-Valdunes, Stellantis, Agrati , Mader, Vallourec, LAMCUBE (Université de Lille), LCFC (ENSAM-Metz)

Services offers

Services provided

Cold friction tests with or without lubrication for different sliding speeds and/or contact pressure

High temperature tests with lubricated or coated tool

Qualification of your lubricants at room temperature and hot

Post-mortem analysis of your samples (visualization of ploughing, abrasion, gluing, etc.)

Analysis of damaged surfaces after tests: determination of materials, lubricants, third bodies on contact surfaces

Scratch tests of your coatings

Consulting services

Consulting services on all our skills


All equipments can be found here : 🡭


Nom Modèle Marque
TriboLab UMT Tribolab/ BRUKER
Upsetting Sliding Test


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France (UPHF)

Unit(s) of attachment


Competitive cluster

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Chemistry and Materials
    • Coatings and surface treatments
    • Industrial processes engineering, efficient processes
  • Digital World and Robotics
    • Artificial intelligence, image processing, data science
    • Digital modeling, digital twins, data visualization
  • Societal and economic transition & Risk management
    • Industrial and territorial ecology
  • Transport and Mobility
    • Reduction of pollution and energy consumption