Tribological tests are adopted to estimate the kinetic friction coefficient of the material of interest according to the ASTM standard. Typically, for the measurement process, several replicas as well as a post-processing data treatment are necessary to take into account the observed casual variability of the measurand. This paper describes a statistical approach aiming to highlight the running-in phase and the most significant time intervals during the steady-state for each test replica. A two-steps procedure based on the adoption of the bootstrap method allows the automatic detection of the running-in time interval and the outlier filtering of the steady-state. Experimental activity has been carried out by performing multiple tests through the ball-on-flat tribometer in order to verify the improvement allowed by the authors' proposal about the dry friction coefficient measurement in terms of both accuracy and repeatability.
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