STLE Newsletter - March 29, 2019

Featured Content


Gear failure analysis

Mary Beckman, Contributing Editor | TLT Webinars April 2019


When gears fail it is most often due to fatigue and overloading. The most common form of distress and failure is actual breakage, but other modes of distress include surface fatigue known as pitting, normal and abnormal wear and plastic flow. Read Full Article .



New type of magnesium battery

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


Much of the focus of new battery development has been to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries. But these batteries have suffered in the past from negative characteristics such as flammability, which is leading researchers to look at other options. Read Full Article .


TLT Archives – The TLT Archives Collection provides individuals web access to previous articles dating back to 2012. 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 .



TT_100.jpgFeatured article from Tribology Transactions

Biobased Poly-phosphonate Additives from Methyl Linoleates

By,Girma Biresaw, Grigor B. Bantchev & Rogers E. Harry-O’Kuru


Poly-dialkyl phosphonates were synthesized by reacting methyl linoleate with dimethyl, diethyl, and di-n-butyl phosphites in the presence of free radical initiator and positively identified and characterized using gas chromatographymass spectrometry (GC-MS), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR; 1H, 13C, 31P), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR). Neat poly-dialkyl  hosphonates and their blends in high-oleic sunflower oil (HOSuO) and polyalphaolefin (PAO-6) base oils were investigated for their physical, chemical, and tribological properties. At room temperature, the poly-dialkyl phosphonates displayed much better solubility in HOSuO than in PAO-6. Solubility in the base oils increased in the order dimethyl<diethyl<di-n-butyl. Relative to methyl linoleate, the neat polydialkyl phosphonates displayed higher density, higher kinematic viscosity, higher oxidation stability, and better cold flow (lower pour point and cloud point) properties. As an additive (010% w/ w) in HOSuO, increasing concentration of poly-di-n-butyl phosphonate resulted in increasing onset and peak oxidation temperatures and decreasing cloud point. Poly-di-n-butyl phosphonate blends in HOSuO also showed lower four-ball antiwear (AW) coefficient of friction (COF) and wear scar diameter (WSD) than corresponding blends with zinc dialkyl dithiophosphate (ZDDP). As an additive (010% w/w) in PAO-6 base oil, poly-di-n-butyl phosphonate displayed lower four-ball antiwear COF and comparable WSD relative to similar blends of ZDDP in PAO-6. The results indicate that poly-dialkyl phosphonates are promising biobased AW additives with comparable or better performance than current petroleum-based commercial AW additives such as ZDDP. Read Full Article .


Tribology Transactions is STLE’s bi-monthly scientific journal that contains peer-reviewed experimental and theoretical technical papers on lubrication, friction and wear of materials from the macro- to the nano-scale. STLE members have full online access and can search the complete archives. Join STLE today to access this and many other member benefits!


STLE News & Notes  

Tribology Frontiers Conference abstract submission deadline extended to April 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 to submit abstracts is April 15, 2019.



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STLE 2019 Exhibition show floor is SOLD OUT

The 2019 STLE Exhibition show floor is SOLD OUT.  See who is exhibiting .


We are in the process of expanding to accommodate additional booth space demand now.  Please contact Tracy Nicholas VanEe at or call 630-922-3459 to reserve



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 – Updated on 3/1/2019

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 .




Find all STLE 2019 conference details on the 365 Mobile App – Download the app today

The Society of Tribologists and Engineers has released the 2019 Meetings App through the STLE 365 Mobile App. The 2019 Meetings App. Use the STLE 365 meetings app to:

  • Create your personal itinerary
  • Review the meeting’s up-to-the minute schedule
  • Interactively map the entire conference
  • See a list of all 1,600 attendees
  • See a list of the more than 100 exhibitors displaying at the trade show
  • Review a list of the many special events and sponsors
  • Use the badge-scanning lead-retrieval system
  • Review details on the student posters
  • Tap into a Nashville city map that includes information on weather, food and places to visit and entertain.

You can download the STLE app at iOS App Store, the Google Play Store just search "STLE 365" or by using the following auto-detect link on your device: .

Members sign-in using your STLE ID and Password. If you have any issues logging in please contact me for assistance, . All non-members simply create a new account using the non-member option.


Use the STLE 365 app to stay connected with the organization all year round or use it for your annual meeting needs. To access the meeting portion of the app click on the “Events App” Icon and select the 74th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition.



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 .


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



Rooms are filling up fast. Reserve your room for the STLE 2019 Annual Meeting in Nashville

The Omni Nashville Hotel, STLE2019 Headquarter Hotel, has sold out. There are still individual rooms on certain nights available. We recommend calling the Omni Nashville Hotel directly at (800)843-6664 to see if they can accommodate you.


Rooms at the overflow hotels are filling up fast. If you are having issues finding a room online we recommend call the hotel directly to see if they can accommodate you.


Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown Hotel

305 Korean Veterans Boulevard

Nashville, TN 37201


Click here to reserve a room at the Hilton Garden Inn


Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown

301 3rd Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37201


Click here to reserve a room at the Hyatt Place


Click here for details on all the STLE 2019 hotels



NEW 2019 App Challenge – New Questions available every Monday

Join us for the 2019 STLE App Challenge running Jan. 14th through Jun. 30th - Only available on the STLE App

Congratulations to the winners of round three


1. Jason Papacek

2. Marc VanderSchalie

3. Andrea Fernandez Vega


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 . Challenge questions will resume on Monday, April 1, 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 | Apr 3


Louisiana Section Meeting

Ruston, LA | Apr 4


Canton & Cleveland Sections Joint Meeting

Fairlawn, OH | Apr 9


Philadelphia Section Education Course

Oreland, PA | Apr 11


Houston Section Meeting

Houston, TX | Apr 12


Alberta Section Meeting

Calgary, AB | Apr 15


Pittsburgh Section Meeting

Pittsburgh, PA | Apr 16


Hamilton Section Meeting

Ontario, Canada | Apr 16


Northern California Section Meeting

Richmond, CA | Apr 17


Chicago Section Meeting

Sugar Grove, IL | Apr 18


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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