The Austrian Tribology Society (German: “Österreichische Tribologische Gesellschaft, ÖTG), founded in 1976, is a working group dedicated to friction, wear and lubrication technology. The members of this scientific society include both domestic and foreign manufacturing companies, as well as research institutes.
The ÖTG serves as a facilitator between industry and r&d (research and development) occurring at both university institutions and independent institutes. The main concern is the advancement of all aspects of tribology – the science of friction and wear – including their practical application in the areas of maintenance and quality control. We are especially concerned with finding practical solutions – in a scientific and economic sense – to problems arising from friction and wear resulting from components being in relative motion to each other.
Tribological Societies, which are connected in a parent organisation “International Tribology Council (ITC)”, exist in all important countries in Europe (as well as world-wide). In Austria, the ÖTG deals with public relations concerning friction and wear, takes the initiative regarding continuing education and provides concrete guidance to engineers.
The ÖTG is the founding organisation and the owner with the largest share of AC2T research GmBH, the Austrian Center of Competence for Tribology in Wiener Neustadt. The center of competence is one of only five COMET-K2-Centres, which are institutions carrying out application-oriented basic research.