The Mechanical Engineering Tribology Laboratory (METL), located at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, is one of the largest academic tribology labs in the United States. METL was founded by Professor Farshid Sadeghi in the spring of 1986 upon his arrival at Purdue University. With over 7,500 square feet of space, METL offers students, fellow scholars, and industry partners world class facilities to conduct fundamental research and solve critical tribological issues.

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Purdue University Mechanical Engineering Tribology Laboratory to remain at the forefront of tribology research and innovation. We strive to continue to be one of the premier laboratories focused on the study of tribology in the world. Over the past 30 years, we have had the great pleasure to be able to work with over 45 industry partners and government agencies. We are proud of this important industry and government connection, because we know that the work we do impacts everyday life. Our work with scientific publications helps to advance the entire scientific community and our work with industry and government organizations helps to solve real engineering problems.


Spotlight: New Capabilities

KLA iMicro Nanoindenter

Bruker NPFLEX Optical Surface Profilometer

Axial-Torsion Test Rig

METL has invested resources to acquire three new devices to expand our capabilities to allow us to remain at the forefront of tribology research and innovation. These rigs are:

  • KLA iMicro Nanoindenter
  • Bruker NPFLEX Optical Profilometer
  • Combined axial-torsional fatigue test rig
We are very proud of these new pieces of equipment and we encourage you to read more about them here!


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