Controlling surface topography
Jane Marie Andrew, Contributing Editor | TLT Cover Story October 2019
For several decades, researchers and engineers have been experimenting with more complex ways of modifying surfaces, always striving for lower friction and reduced wear. The roughness of a surface influences the thickness of a lubricating film. Thus, controlling roughness with designed textures is a way of controlling the lubrication conditions.
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Robot powered by hydraulic/energy storage system
Dr. Neil Canter, Contributing Editor | TLT Tech Beat October 2019
The rapid development
of artificial intelligence is leading to interest in determining how to develop robots that can act, work and function in a similar fashion to animals. But there are challenges faced in designing a robot that can exhibit the multifaceted way that animals act and react to their environment.
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STLE News & Notes
TFC Early Bird Registration & Hotel Reservations Extended to Sept. 25
Early bird registration has been extended to September 25th. STLE Members and non-members registration is $745.00. After Sept. 25th registration increases to $795.00. STLE Student Members (in good standing) registration is $100. Join the international tribology community for the 5th Annual STLE Tribology Conference co-sponsored by ASME Tribology Division. STLE's Tribology Conference creates a dynamic format that highlights the role tribology research can play in solving future scientific and societal challenges.
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Reserve your room for the TFC at The Drake Hotel
STLE has reserved a room block for guests attending the 2019 Tribology Frontiers Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Special discounted rates have been negotiated at The Drake Hotel Chicago (Headquarters Hotel). Please visit
to reserve your rooms, or make changes to existing room reservations.
Government room rates are available. Please email
to receive the link.
Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and STLE does not guarantee room availability. If you plan on attending the 2019 Tribology Frontiers Conference, you are urged to make your room reservations as soon as possible.
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TFC 2019 Mobile app and preliminary program guide – updated as of September 4, 2019
Stay up-to-date with conference changes through the STLE App. Download the app today, simply search for STLE 365 at the iOS App Store, the Google Play Store or use the auto-detect link: www.tripbuildermedia.com/apps/stle365.
STLE’s four-day conference will feature more than 200 presentations exploring how tribology can solve today’s technical, environmental and societal concerns; plenary talks and technical sessions from leading tribology researchers and institutions from around the globe; and opportunities for networking and discussions with principal investigators.
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TFC2019 Plenary presentations announced
Lubrication and Tribology Trends and Challenges in Electric Vehicles
Presented by Dr. Martin Webster
Artificial Intelligence for Materials and Process Design
Presented by Dr. Marius Stan
Read plenary presentation abstracts and speaker bios
STLE 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition Call for Presentations
The submission site is now open to receive abstracts for podium or student poster presentations at the 75th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, May 3-7, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.
The Technical Committees are producing Calls for Abstracts to detail what topics or issues they are looking for and they are being uploaded as received to the
Deadline to submit abstracts is October 1, 2019. Please submit all abstract to
Worldwide Student Poster Contest
How tribology can affect the future world
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Four age categories
(4-8) (9-11) (12-14) (15-18)
Winners in each category receive cash prizes
Explain how a lubricant works and show the results on your poster.
Ages 9-18: Explain your experiment and results. Show ways to reduce friction and how this can be used to improve our lives in the future.
Find all contest rules and details, including resources, explanation of tribology and possible experiment ideas.
Drive 75 - Support STLE’s Drive 75 and Your Local STEM Program!
STLE’s 75th Anniversary is being observed in many ways throughout the year, culminating in a festive celebration at the 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Chicago next May.
Your company can help honor and support the industry’s premier technical association by becoming a Drive 75 Sponsor and reaping a series of exposure benefits—the most unique of which aligns your company with the local STEM program of its choice!
For more information,
. To discuss pricing and eligibility, contact Tracy VanEe at 630-922-3459 or at
Call for Nominations Open for STLE Fellows
The STLE Fellows Committee would like your recommendations for 2020 Fellows nominations. STLE Fellow membership may be granted to any individual who, according to the Society, has (1.) demonstrated outstanding personal achievements in the field of tribology and/or lubrication engineering, (2.) has been engaged in active practice in a science and/or engineering profession for a minimum of 20 years, and (3.) has been an STLE member for a minimum of 10 years.
Any current STLE member may propose any other STLE member for Fellow membership by submitting a completed Proposal for Fellow nomination form to the Society. The deadline for Fellows nominations is Sept. 30, 2019.
Learn more about STLE Fellows and to download the nomination form
Download the 2019 Plant Engineering Lubrication Guide
Looking for the best lubrication products to help deliver the right solutions for your applications?
Check out the 2019 Plant Engineering Lubrication Guide, prepared in partnership with STLE, which is available for lubrication industry professionals. The Lubrication Guide is a valuable resource that offers a snapshot at some of newest innovations for oils and greases that help keep manufacturing plants humming along. The guide also is designed to provide manufacturers with an understanding of all of the market options available.
to download the Lubrication Guide.
ELGI & STLE Tribology Exchange Workshop
November 6 & 7, 2019
Marriott Courtyard Amsterdam Airport Hotel, Netherlands
This two-day Tribology Exchange Workshop, hosted by ELGI & STLE, aims to focus on the multidisciplinary nature of tribology and provides in-depth knowledge on the linkage of friction, wear and lubrication to the traditional scientific disciplines. Suitable for those new to the field of tribology with a background in material science, mechanical engineering, chemistry, physics, or related disciplines and those who wish to gain a broad understanding on tribology. This two-day Tribology Exchange Workshop includes a daily program of 9 presentations on three Tribology topics with a closing round-table discussion session.
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Tribology and lubrication professionals, use this service to search for new employment opportunities that match your criteria.
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Development Engineer/Grease Chemist
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Tulsa, OK United States
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Upcoming Section Activity
Local sections are the best place to receive tribology and lubrication knowledge. Take a look below to see local section activities taking place close to you.
Northern California Section Meeting
September 25 | Oakland, CA
Detroit Section Education Seminar
October 2 | Dearborn, MI
Lower Ohio River Valley Section Meeting
October 10 | Indianapolis, IN
Houston Section Meeting
October 11 | Houston, TX
Pittsburgh Section Meeting
October 15 | Pittsburgh, PA
STLE Chicago Section Education Program
October 16 | Elmhurst, IL
STLE Houston Section Golf Outing
October 24 | Spring, TX
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The Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers (STLE) is the premier technical society serving the needs of over 13,000 individuals and 250 companies and organizations that comprise the tribology and lubrication engineering business sector. STLE members are employed by the world’s leading corporations, academic institutions and by governmental agencies dealing with science and technology. STLE supports these distinguished technical experts with a variety of professional education and certification programs.
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