Intelligent tribological surfaces: from concept to realization using additive manufacturing

  • Motoyuki Murashima
  • Shouta Yoshino
  • Masato Kawaguchi
  • Noritsugu UmeharaEmail author


In this paper, we provide a detailed account of our efforts in the design, development and prototyping of a novel intelligent surface by adapting initially curved diaphragms. Unlike the shortcomings that characterize current designs of functional surfaces, our adaptive surface design is characterised by simplicity, multifunctionality, adaptability, high flexibility and robustness as well as controlled autonomy. Four aspects of the work are accordingly examined. The first is concerned with the conceptual design of the new functional surface. The second with the development of functional prototypes of intelligent surfaces, showing its characteristics and ease of manufacturing using 3D additive manufacturing. The third with demonstrating the multi-frictional ability of the newly designed surface. Our friction test results show wide range friction control ability from the friction coefficient value 0.3 (same value of material itself) to 3 times higher value 1.1. Finally, we address the challenges that are faced in our new design and the efforts that are currently being adopted to overcome them.


Intelligent surface Multifunctionality Morphing Additive manufacturing Functionalized surfaces 



The authors wish to thank Professor S. A. Meguid for his valued input to the article and to Mr. Prayers Roy for the finite element work. The authors are grateful to the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) (Grant No. 17K14577), The Hibi Science Foundation, Nagamori Foundation, Research Foundation for the Electrotechnology of Chubu and NSK Foundation for Advancement of Mechatronics for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Micro-Nano Mechanical Science and EngineeringNagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Aerospace EngineeringNagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical System EngineeringNagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan

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