Tribology of Miniature Systems
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Tribology of miniature systems is a special area of tribology science that relates to friction, wear, and lubrication problems in miniature mechanisms where the rubbing elements are usually of very small dimensions like, for example, those found in watches or precision instruments.
Characteristic Features of Miniature Tribosystems
Miniature tribological systems are the combinations of rubbing elements of small (e.g., less than 3 mm) or very small dimensions used in small mechanisms or precision instruments for the transmission of information (rather than power) or very small doses of energy (e.g., in miniature drive systems). The disposable energy in such mechanisms is usually very limited, particularly if they are driven by an energy source such as an electrical microbattery or a special spring (as is used in mechanical watches) (Trylinski 1971; Rawlings 1993). The requirements...
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