STLE Newsletter - August 3, 2018

Featured Content


Antioxidants: The challenge for additive manufacturing

By Dr. Robert Gresham | TLT Contributing Editor


Today, nearly all lubricant formulations contain some kind of antioxidant in some concentration. This is because oxidation is the primary cause of oil degradation. Thus improving oxidation resistance is critical to improving lubricant stability and the operational life of the lubricant, in turn allowing for extended oil drain intervals. Extending the drain intervals save direct maintenance costs, reduces waste treatment cost and potential exposure to the environment and reduces overall cost and consumption from well head to the waste treatment plant. Read Full Article.





The body mechanical

By Dr. Nancy McGuire | TLT Contributing Editor


Back in the 1970s, the Bionic Woman’s medical implants gave her superhuman powers. People in the real world also had artificial implants, but these parts only restored some semblance of normal function to aging or injured bodies. Today medical implants still mainly repair and replace parts rather than enhance performance, but they come into play at the much earlier stage of damage, and their users typically enjoy a more active lifestyle than was previously possible. Read Full Article.





TL_100.jpgFeatured article from Tribology Letters

Experimental Investigation on the Compatibility of Nanoparticles with Vegetable Oils for Nanofluid Minimum Quantity Lubrication Machining

By Songmei Yuan, Xuebo Hou, Li Wang & Bochuan Chen


Several health and environmental related issues caused by the application of traditional cutting fluids in machining can be solved by implementing eco-friendly technologies such as minimum quantity lubrication (MQL). Moreover, nanofluid MQL has been proposed to enhance the cooling/lubricating properties of pure MQL and displays significantly good results for machinability. However, the mechanism on compatibility of nanoparticles with cutting fluids has not been explored. In this study, nanoparticles with different hardness and vegetable oils with different viscosity were selected for nanofluids preparation. The end milling experiments were carried out on 7050 material by applying MQL with particularly prepared nanofluids. The cutting force and surface roughness were measured corresponding to the machining performance. The compatibility of hardness of nanoparticles with viscosity of base fluids has been evaluated, and the mechanism has been analyzed by new-designed tribology tests. Results show that canola oil-based diamond nanofluids MQL exhibit the lowest cutting force and natural77 oil-based diamond nanofluids perform the lowest surface roughness with reduction of 10.71 and 14.92%, respectively, compared to dry machining condition. 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  


TFCLogo_200.jpgSTLE releases the preliminary technical program for the 2018 Tribology Frontiers Conference


The preliminary technical program for the 2018 Tribology Frontiers Conference is now available. The TFC planning committee has developed a great program this year. New for 2018, STLE has invited 3 Plenary Speakers to address conference attendees.


The conference will also feature a special “Meet the Principal Investigators (PI)” poster session, which provides attendees the opportunity to engage with tribology thought-leaders in a small group setting.


Back by popular demand the “Beyond the Cutting Edge” plenary symposium presented by Drs. Nicholas D. Spencer & Wilfred T. Tysoe, highlights six of the best papers published in the peer-reviewed journal Tribology Letters. Click here for your copy of the Preliminary Technical Program.


STLE has reserved a room block for guests attending the 2018 TFC. Special discounted rates have been negotiated at The Drake Hotel (Headquarters Hotel). Please visit to reserve your rooms, or make changes to existing room reservations. The deadline for Early Bird registration and hotel reservations is Sept. 19.


Find all conference details, including online registration and hotel reservations, at




Align your company with an industry gem –

Sponsor the 2018 STLE Tribology Frontiers Conference

STLE once again is taking a look into the future of tribology with its Annual Fall Meeting, 2018 Tribology Frontiers Conference, Oct. 28-31 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, IL. Your company can help support this exciting industry event while gaining maximum exposure and a heightened profile amongst leaders in the lubrication technology field. Click here for details on sponsorship opportunities .


All sponsorship and ad opportunities will be sold on a first-come, first serve basis so don’t delay.


Contact Tracy Nicholas VanEe at (630)922-3459 or email to lock down your company’s association with this exiting, forward thinking industry event.





Congratulations to the Winners of Round five of the STLE App Challenge

Join me in congratulating our winners for this round of the STLE challenge
1. Silvia Iglesias, 23 points
2. Mark Riggs, 20 points
3. Gary Wood, 19 points

Winners will each receive a $10 Amazon gift card. Addition all app challenge winners will be placed in a grand prize drawing for a chance to win an Apple iPad. Grand prize drawing will be held on Friday, December 21, 2018

STLE App Challenge
You too could be a winner!!! How??? You ask? Simple, to get started just open the STLE 365 App and enter the STLE Challenge. Here players must answer tribology and lubrication related questions correctly to gain points. New questions available weekly on Mondays. The players with the top 3 scores at the end of each month will be selected as our challenge winners.
Learn more about the STLE Challenge


The STLE Challenge will resume on Monday, August 6, 2018. Our next challenge winners will be selected on Aug. 31. Good luck!





Condition-Monitoring-for-MWFs_150.jpgCondition Monitoring of Metalworking Fluids Webinar Presented by Dr. Neil Canter

Live webinar taking place Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 at 12pm Central Time


Maintaining the optimum performance of a metalworking fluid over an extended operating period is quite challenging. The key operating parameters of an in-use metalworking fluid need to be monitored on a periodic basis to ensure that optimum performance is maintained. This webinar will discuss some of the important monitoring tests that need to be run to evaluate the condition of a metalworking fluid over time. As a conclusion, a brief discussion will be held about how the data can be applied to a metalworking fluid system. Click here to register.






Registration open for STLE Foundations of

Lubrication Engineering Course

STLE’s Foundations of Lubrication Engineering Course is a one-day course that offers an overview of the first seven topics on STLE’s Lubrication Specialist Learning Pathway . This course provides a solid foundation for newcomers or experienced industry professionals looking to expand their technical knowledge. Topics include base oils, additives, friction and tribology, grease, hydraulics, gears and bearings.


The course will be held on Oct. 3, at the Holiday Inn Express Atlanta Airport in College Park, GA. Registration for the course is $300 (STLE members) and $450 (non-members). The non-member price includes a one-year STLE membership. Register Now!





ELGI_150.jpgRegistration open for the ELGI & STLE Tribology Education Course

The one day Tribology Education Course aims to focus on the multidisciplinary nature of Tribology and will provide the in depth knowledge on the linkage of Friction, Wear and Lubrication to the traditional scientific disciplines. Topics include Tribology Introductions and basics, Mechanical Engineering with relevant moving machine elements, materials science aspects and the influence on fatigue & wear, Tribometry, Lubricants Chemistry and an overview of key lubricant applications.


The course will be held on Nov. 8, at the Crowne Plaza Schiphol in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Registration for ELGI & STLE members is 350 Euros and 400 Euros for Non-members. Register Now!





2019 Call for Nominations Open for STLE Fellow Candidates

The STLE Fellows Committee would like your recommendations for 2019 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, 2018. Learn more about STLE Fellows and to download the nomination form .





Career Resources  




Tribology and Lubrication Professionals:  Use this free service to search for new employment opportunities and post a resume (public or anonymous). View these jobs and more at STLE Career Center .


Sales Application Engineer

Curtiss-Wright Corporation - Everlube


Candidate will be responsible for specification development and business growth for the Everlube Products business, a manufacturer of solid film lubricants (SFL) also known as “lubricating paints”, in the USA and Europe. Read More


Home Office – Metal Working Lubricants Sales Rep GA, SC, NC, FL

Idemitsu Lubricants America Corp.


ILA's Account Representatives use their expertise to implement action plans to support their divisions market strategy. As experienced sales professionals they will establish, maintain and expand accounts in their assigned territory by providing laser-like customer focus and building mutually rewarding strategic partnerships. Read More


Lubrication Technical Field Representative

Industrial Oils Unlimited/Adjuvants Unlimited


As one of our Technical Field Representatives, you will provide technical support, training and assistance to our sales representatives, customers and potential customers! Read More


Fluid Power Engineer

SMS group


Design hydraulic, pneumatic, lube and water cooling systems to operate and/or control large heavy industrial equipment in the metals industry. Read More





Upcoming Events  


STLE Cleveland Section Golf Outing

Medina OH | Aug. 6


US Base Oils & Lubricants Summit

Des Moines, IA | Aug. 22-23


STLE Certification Exam

Wichita, KS | Aug. 23


STLE Certification Exam

Middleburg Heights, OH | Aug. 31


Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology

Leeds, United Kingdom | Sept. 4-7





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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