STLE Newsletter - February 1, 2019

Featured Content


Thorough oil analysis

Jeanna Van Rensselar, Senior Feature Writer | TLT Feature February 2019


There is a tendency to focus on one aspect of an oil analysis report and ignore everything else. Examples include looking only at the most recent sample, only trending one test, etc. By not looking at the sample results thoroughly, the results can become meaningless or even detrimental to determining the root cause of a machinery problem. By missing one piece of the puzzle, technicians end up working in the wrong direction—wasting time and money.

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Electricity generated from salt water and superhydrophopic surface

Dr. Neil Canter, Contributing Editor | TLT Tech Beat February 2019


One resource readily available to researchers is salt water. Utilization of salt water for commercial purposes has proven difficult. An example is the large amount of energy needed to desalinate salt water to produce fresh water, which is in short supply. Read Full Article .


TLT Archives – The TLT Archives Collection provides individuals web access to previous articles dating back to 2013. Quickly find articles using the keyword search on or find articles through popular search engines like Google and Yahoo. Click here to find the TLT Archives Collection .


TL_100.jpgFeatured article from Tribology Letters

Thermal Conductivity and Flash Temperature

By Tom Reddyhoff, Aaron Schmidt, & Hugh Spikes


The thermal conductivity is a key property in determining the friction-induced temperature rise on the surface of sliding components. In this study, a Frequency Domain Thermoreflectance (FDTR) method is used to measure the thermal conductivity of a range of tribological materials (AISI 52100 bearing steel, silicon nitride, sapphire, tungsten carbide and zirconia). The FDTR technique is validated by comparing measurements of pure germanium and silicon with well-known values, showing discrepancies of less than 3%. For most of the tribological materials studied, the thermal conductivity values measured are reasonably consistent with values found in the literature. However the measured thermal conductivity of AISI 52100 steel (21 W/mK) is less than half the value cited in the literature (46 W/mK). Further bulk thermal conductivity measurements show that this discrepancy arises from a reduction in thermal conductivity of AISI 52100 due to through-hardening. Read Full Article .


Tribology Letters is devoted to the development of the science of tribology and its applications, particularly focusing on publishing high-quality papers at the forefront of tribological science and that address the fundamentals of friction, lubrication, wear, or adhesion.  The journal facilitates communication and exchange of seminal ideas among thousands of practitioners who are engaged worldwide in the pursuit of tribology-based science and technology.

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STLE News & Notes  


STLE Is looking for a few good volunteers

STLE is currently seeking volunteers from the membership community, with the expertise and skills, to help the Society continue to improve upon its professional and technical resources to those in the lubrication field. If you interested, please complete the STLE Volunteer Interest Form and submit before Feb. 1.Click here for details on the the volunteer opportunities .



Tribology Frontiers Conference Abstract Submission for Oral and Poster presentations is now open – Deadline for submission is March 15, 2019
We invite authors to submit abstracts for consideration as podium presentations or for the poster competition in one of the following eight tracks: (1) surfaces and interfaces, (2) biotribology, (3) fluid lubrication, (4) lubricants, (5) machine elements and systems, (6) energy/environment/manufacturing, (7) tribochemistry, and (8) materials tribology.
Poster presenters may submit a traditional 150 word abstract. We are asking the Oral presenters to submit the 150 word abstract as a summary and then upload a one-page extended abstract in Word format based on the conference template to be archived by on the STLE website. The deadline for submitting oral presentations is March 15, 2019.



Raise Your Profile through Sponsorship and Help STLE Provide Top-Notch Services at its Annual Meeting!

Want to heighten your company’s exposure at the upcoming STLE in Nashville and demonstrate your support of the Society’s 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition?  There’s no better way than through Sponsorship!


Don’t Delay!  Make sure your company stands out at the industry’s premiere Meeting and tradeshow event!  Contact Tracy Nicholas VanEe TODAY at 630-922-3459 or



Time Is Running Out to Reserve Your Booth Space for the 2019 STLE!

Act now to reserve your booth space to exhibit at the industry's premiere trade show event, the 2019 STLE Exhibition May 20-22nd in Nashville,Tennessee (USA).


Click here to download the booth application or contact Tracy Nicholas VanEe or call 630-922-3459.


Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are also available to help your company stand out in Nashville!



STLE2019_150px.jpgGet your copy of the 2019 Annual Meeting Advance Program

The full technical program for the 2019 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition has been released in a 40-page advance program. Click here to download your PDF copy of the Advance Program .




Access the preliminary technical program

View all accepted abstracts for the 2019 STLE Annual Meeting in this 159 page document. Click here to download your PDF copy or access online with our new online itinerary planner .



Get Plugged In! Electric Vehicle Tribology Technical Session at STLE 2019 Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN


Don’t miss one of the first ever technical sessions on tribology in Electric Vehicles this May, Hosted by STLE Engine and Drivetrain Technical Committee for details on how to attend visit



2019 Keynote Address will explore Racing into the Future – Impact of Tribology on Vehicle Electrification

Electric_Car_200px.jpgElectric mobility is quickly moving from someday to today as electric cars are becoming common, and even electric scooters and bikes are entering the mobility scene. The benefits of electrification are many, including reduced emissions and maintenance, and improved performance. It is also unsettling to many engineers who have spent a career enabling conventional engines and transmissions. While the needs of electric powertrains are different, the fundamentals are the same. We have been learning about those needs on the racetrack, through Formula E, as well as in conventional automotive powertrains. This talk will share some of these lessons and point the way of future tribology efforts.


The 2019 keynote address will be presented by Jeff Hemphill, Chief Technical Officer, Americas, with Schaeffler Group USA Inc. Join Jeff and STLE we explore the future of electric vehicles. Click here to learn more .



Stem_sm.jpgCall for Tribology Experiments: STLE STEM Camp Program

STLE is inviting members and their organizations to submit ideas and materials for hands-on experiments focused on important areas of research within the fields of tribology and lubrication engineering for the Society’s 7th Annual Tribology STEM Camp to be held as part of the 74th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, May 19-23, 2019.


STLE’s goal is to introduce high school students, who have an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), to career opportunities in tribology and lubrication engineering. If you are interested in participating in the program or want more information, contact Karl Phipps at , or provide suggestions for experiments by completing the STEM Camp Experiment Application form and submit by February 8, 2019.



Reserve your room for the STLE 2019 Annual Meeting in Nashville

STLE has reserved a room block for guests attending the 2019 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, May 19 - 23 in Nashville, Tennessee. Special discounted rates have been negotiated at Omni Nashville Hotel (Conference Hotel). Please visit to reserve your rooms, or make changes to existing room reservations.

Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. STLE cannot guarantee availability. If you plan to stay at the conference hotel, please make your reservations today.

Government room block is available for all government employees. To reserve your government room please use the link below.



STLE 2019 Abstract Submission Deadline has passed. The site will remain open for the wait list

Even though the abstract submission deadline has passed, the site will remain open to collect abstracts for the wait list. If you are interested in presenting at the 2019 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, please submit a 100-150-word abstract online. Submit your abstracts to



Registration Open for STLE’s Metalworking Fluids Management Course! March 2019 in Philadelphia, PA.

STLE wants to inform you that we are holding the STLE Metalworking Fluid Management Course again! The course will be next year March 5 – 7, 2019, at The Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport, 4101 B Island Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19153. Register here today or contact Stefan Carrera, STLE’s Education Manager for more information! Registration deadline is February 26, 2019.


If you have any questions about the course, please contact STLE Education Manager Stefan Carrera at .



Hear from Industry Experts at the Lubrication Technology for Metalformers Conference

MetalForming magazine, published by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), is introducing a brand new conference, Lubrication Technology for Metalformers, February 12-13, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg (Chicago). This new conference, with the support of Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), will bring stampers and die shops up to date on new lubricants for stamping and tool and die machining, and help them evaluate new formulations and select the right lubricant for the job. Attendees also will come away with an understanding of the various techniques available for applying lubricant to ensure optimum application while minimizing waste.


Topics include:

  • Selecting the right lubricant for the job, based on material type, thickness, etc.
  • How to evaluate lubricants
  • New trends in lubricant formulations
  • Lubrication-system selection
  • Automotive OEM requirements
  • Regulations surrounding lubrication

STLE members are eligible to receive a 50% registration discount. For more information about the conference, or to register, visit and use promo code STLE50.



NEW 2019 App Challenge – New Questions available every Monday

Join us for the 2019 STLE App Challenge running 1/14/2019 to 6/30/2019. Only available on the STLE App


Congratulations to the first round of winners

1. Marta Vilasuso

2. Amr Khalifa

3. Brian Holtkamp

The STLE app challenge is an ongoing contest for 2019 that’s asks players to answer tribology and lubrication related questions. Every Monday new questions will be posted to the STLE Challenge through the STLE 365 app. Answer questions correctly to gain points. Players with the top three scores at the end of the each month win.

Winners will each receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card. In addition, all winners will be entered into a grand prize drawing. 
Learn more about the STLE Challenge .


App Challenge will resume on Monday, February 4, 2019



STLE Local Section Events

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.


Central Illinois Section Meeting

Peoria, IL | Feb. 6

Houston Section Meeting

Houston, TX | Feb. 8


Twin Cities Section Meeting

Minneapolis, MN | Feb. 12


Canton Section Meeting

North Canton, OH. | Feb. 13


Alberta Section Epcor Genesse Tour
Warburg, AB Canada | Feb. 19


Hamilton Section Meeting

Hamilton, ON Canada | Feb. 19


Pittsburgh Section Meeting

Pittsburgh, PA | Feb. 19


Northern California Section Meeting

Oakland, CA | Feb. 20


Philadelphia Section Meeting

Oreland, PA | Feb. 21


Chicago Section Meeting

Willowbrook, IL | Feb. 21


Alberta Section Meeting

Calgary, AB Canada | Feb. 25


For a list of all events including, Section activities, certification exams and industry event please view the STLE Calendar.



About STLE  

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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