Highlights from the 2016 Tribology Frontiers Conference

Message from the 2018 TFC Chair 

Dear Industry Professionals,

The 2018 Tribology Frontiers Conference Planning Committee is partnering with TLT magazine, STLE's monthly publication, to feature highlights from the 2016 TFC.

These papers were chosen by a committee comprised of some of our most distinguished and well-respected colleagues in tribology research. We then asked the authors of those papers to create abstracts of their work. These abstracts will be published monthly in TLT until the 2018 TFC.

The TFC differs from other tribology research conferences in that we have a very specific theme. All research is aimed at discovering the role tribology will play in solving tomorrow's most critical technical, environmental and societal problems.

After the TFC debuted in Chicago in 2014, STLE held TFCs in 2015 and 2016. While STLE is not hosting the TFC this year, as we are partnering with the Chinese Tribology Institute on the 2017 World Tribology Congress, we will again present the TFC in October 2018. We're returning to the historic Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago.

Registration for the 2018 Tribology Frontiers Conference will begin after the 73rd STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Minneapolis next May.

I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to the TFC Highlights Selection Committee for their selection of the best papers.

Enjoy the abstracts - and I'll see you in Chicago in October 2018.

Best regards,
Dr. David L. Burris






TFC Highlight Selection Committee
  • Gary Doll, University of Akron
  • Benjamin Gould, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Harman Khare, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ashlie Martini, University of California, Merced
  • Robert Jackson, Auburn University
  • Peter Jacobs, ExxonMobil
  • Tevis Jacobs, University of Pittsburgh
  • Bart Raeymakers, University of Utah 

Highlights from the 2016 Tribology Frontiers Conference

1. Shining a light on the Tribological Rehydration of Cartilage by Axel Moore, Brian Graham, Chris Price and David Burris, University of Delaware
2. Mechanics of Subsurface: A New Look at the Old Problems of Wear by Ramin Aghababaei, Jean-Francois Molinari (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), and Derek H. Warner (Cornell University)
3. Nanoscale Subsurface Imaging and Control of Friction using Ultrasonic Atomic Force Microscopy by Philip Egberts, Hossein Jiryaei and Seonghwan Kim, University of Calgary

4. Dynamic Shear Force Microscopy as a Tool to Explore Molecular Mechanisms of Lubrication by Roland Bennewitz and Gunther Kramer, INM - Leibniz Institute for New Materials & Physics Dept. Saarland University
5. Measuring a Surface Film of Oil with Surface Continuous Wave Ultrasound by Prof. Rob Dwyer-Joyce, Leonardo Center for Tribology, University of Sheffield
6. Graphene-Based Superlubricity Solution for Macroscale Applications by Diana Berman, Ali Erdemir, Anirudha V.  Sumant, Argonne National Laboratory

7. The Effect of Coating Thickness and Substrate Roughness on Tool Wear During Turning by M. Bar-Hen, Iscar LTD and I. Etsion, Technion
8. Effect of Hydrogen and Oxygen Partial Pressure on the Tribochemistry of Silicon Oxide-Containing Hydrogenated Amorphous Carbon by F. Mangolini (University of Leeds), K.D. Koshigan (Ecole Centrale de Lyon), M.H. Van Benthem (Sandia National Laboratories), J.A. Ohlhausen (Sandia National Laboratories), J.B. McClimon, J. Hilbert (University of Pennsylvania), J. Fontaine (Ecole Centrale de Lyon) and R.W. Carpick (University of Pennsylvania)