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 Tribology Lab



Dr. Abdul Samad, Mohammad


Lab Technician:

Location: 63-Room 329


Tribology Group at KFUPM Dr. M. Abdul Samad – Tribology of polymer composites and polymer coatings, lubrication

Dr. Zuhair M. Gasem – Tribology of hard metallic coatingsDr. Ahmad Suroor – Tribology of metals

Dr. Amro Al- Qutub – Tribology of metal matrix composites

Introduction to the Lab

The laboratory is used for both research and teaching purposes. Facilities are available for heat treatment, surface polishing, metallography, fatigue testing, hardness testing, creep testing, and for the determination of mechanical properties of metals and alloys. It is equipped with Rockwell and Brinell hardness testing machines, a microhardness tester, fatigue, creep and impact testing facilities, grinding and polishing machines, heat treatment furnaces, metallurgical microscopes, a Jominy hardenability testing unit, and support facilities for conducting research in powder metallurgy.

Courses supported are:

  •   ME 411 - Senior Design Project I
  •  ME 412 - Senior Design Project II
  •  ME 491 - Mechanical Engineering Instrumentation
  •  ME 576 - Tribology

Design/Research Activities

The laboratory is designed to undertake design and applied research activities in the areas of friction wear and lubrication of materials. Refer to page on experiments/tests to see the types of tests that can be performed in this lab.




The Tests Can Be Performed For:

Testing Of Bulk Materials

Friction Coefficient.

Disc Wear By Measuring The Wear Track Profile, Dimension Loss And Volume Loss.

Testing Of Coatings

Same Comments As On The Bulk Materials With The Coating Lifetime As An Additional Result.

Testing Of Lubricants

Lubricity Of Different Lubricants Can Also Be Tested On This Tribometer.