Technical Tracks

We invite authors to submit an abstract for consideration by the review committee as a podium or poster presentation. Authors may choose either of two abstract submission formats. One-page extended abstracts based on the conference template will (1.) be given primary consideration for podium presentations by the review committee, (2.) be archived as a PDF by STLE, web searchable, and available for citation, and (3.) not require transfer of copyrights.

The abstract submission deadline has passed. However we are still accepting abstracts for a wait list.  If you are interested, please submit a one-page abstract in Word format for oral presentations. Posters are now being accepted on any relevant topic up to September 15, 2018. Traditional 150-250-word abstracts with title, authors and abstract may be uploaded for secondary consideration for oral presentations. Poster presentation abstracts also should be 150-250 words. Click here to go to the abstract submission site.

Topic 1  Surfaces and Interfaces
Physics of surfaces and interfaces 
Controlling friction with engineered surfaces
Coatings and functional surfaces
Surface profiling and measurement
Computer modeling of surfaces and surface interactions
Contact mechanics
Nanotribology

Topic 2 – Biotribology
Biotribology
Natural & biological interfaces
Bio-inspired interfaces 
Biphasic materials
Synovial fluid simulation/characterization

Topic 3 – Fluid Lubrication
Boundary lubrication and thin films
Fluid film lubrication 
Gas or two phase lubrication
Emerging trends in lubrication
Soft and super soft EHL
Hydrodynamic and elastohydrodynamic lubrication

Topics 4 – Lubricants
Physics of fluids
Complex fluids
Rheology
Novel lubricating fluids and additives
Nanoparticle additives





Topics 5  Machine Elements and Systems
Machine components
Lubricated mechanical elements
Machine components durability
Bearings and gears
Mechanical systems


Topic 6  Energy / Environment / Manufacturing

Fuel efficiency / environmental issues
Corrosion
Additive manufacturing & other innovative processes 
Manufacturing
Renewable energy generator

Topic 7  Tribochemistry

Lubricant chemistry
Shear induced chemical reactions
Tribofilm formation
Computational molecular chemistry

Group 8  Materials Tribology
Composite materials 
Wear of materials  
Solid lubricants and coatings
Novel materials design

Group 9  OTHER