Benchtop Brake Material Screening System

A new Brake Material Screening Module is now available for Bruker’s UMT Tribolab, for testing brake pad materials in the automotive industry. Save time and money by testing smaller samples on Bruker’s reliable, industry-tested, benchtop screening and characterisation platform.

Blue Scientific is the official distributor for Bruker tribology testing instruments in the Nordic region (Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway). For more information and quotes, please get in touch:

Bruker UMT Tribolab

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Test Smaller Samples

The new module expands the capabilities of the Bruker UMT TriboLab, which is the most widely used platform worldwide for testing friction and wear. The test simulates the standard SAE J2522 (AK Master) test at benchtop scale for the first time.

Now you can test significantly smaller samples on a benchtop system. This shortens the total characterisation time from days to hours, speeding up brake material development considerably. There’s no longer any need to build whole brake pads for screening tests, when smaller samples can be tested quickly.

With faster screening you can quickly select the best sample materials to develop further for complete dynamometer functional testing. This will result in significant savings in costs and time, so you can get new products to market faster.

Brake pad samples

Test smaller brake pad and rotor material samples

Test Types

The new module measures friction under various conditions:

  • Pressures
  • Speeds
  • Deceleration times
  • Temperatures

The system applies comparable contact pressures levels to those used in a full-scale dynamometer rig. The UMT Tribolab is extremely flexible; you can easily programme industry-standard dynamometer protocols and standards, while monitoring key parameters such as friction and temperature.

Perform a comprehensive range of screening tests:

  • Constant deceleration test mode
  • Constant velocity (drag) test mode
  • Brake material COF as a function of:
    • Velocity
    • Temperature
    • Contact pressure
  • Effect of humidity on brake material behaviour
  • Fade and recovery protocols

Application Note: Correlation Between Benchtop & Dynamometer Tests

Brake Material Screening Tester Datasheet

Brake testing with the Bruker UMT Tribolab

Results from the UMT Tribolab compared to a full scale dynamometer.

Brake pad materials are constantly changing as a result of new requirements and regulations. There is an industry need for a means to effectively screen friction materials for interactions that take place during the braking process at their developmental stage, and TriboLab delivers a compact and cost-effective solution. It has proven capable of generating useful data that can correlate well with dynamometer tests. We are pleased to partner with Bruker and assist in the launch of the Brake Material Screening Module.
Charles W. Greening, Jr., President of Greening, a leading provider of custom-engineered dynamometers and brake and friction material test equipment.
Bruker continues its commitment to provide the automotive industry with turn-key solutions tailored to reduce time and cost in the development of new materials. The Brake Material Screening Module is the only tool on the market that can provide direct correlation with industry-standard testing methods. Our goal was to provide a unique characterisation capability and a cost-effective method for research and development of brake materials, and the extensive data that we have collected points to a successful completion of this goal.
James Earle, Vice President and General Manager of Bruker Tribology, Stylus and Optical Metrology

Bruker UMT Tribolab

Bruker UMT TriboLab

The UMT TriboLab is the most versatile and widely used tribometer:

  • Versatile, modular system
  • Higher speeds, more torque and better force measurement than alternative instruments
  • Perform all comon tribological tests at the nano and micro scale

More about the UMT Tribolab…

Friction testing in the automotive industry…

Further Information

Blue Scientific is the official Nordic distributor of Bruker’s tribology testing systems. For more information or quotes, please get in touch:

 Contact us on +44 (0)1223 422 269 or

Bruker UMT Tribolab

Bruker UMT Tribolab Brake Material Screening Tester

UMT TriboLab Brake Material Screening Tester