STLE Newsletter - October 15, 2018

Featured Content


Joining Aluminum to Steel

By Dr. Neil Canter | TLT Contributing Editor


The continuing trend to improve fuel economy has led automotive manufacturers to introduce higher percentages of nonferrous metals such as aluminum to replace steel. This process is used to reduce vehicular weight. Read Full Article .




New type pf polymer membrane for water treatment

By Dr. Neil Canter | TLT Contributing Editor


Water is becoming a more valuable resource as its availability becomes more limited. This statement applies not just to consumers but also to industrial applications. For example, end-users of metalworking fluids consume large quantities of water and need to carefully waste treat them to comply with local effluent regulations.

Read Full Article .


TLT Archives – The TLT Archives Collection provides individuals web access to previous articles dating back to 2015. 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

Exploring Lubrication Function of MACs Greases for TC4 Alloy Under

Sliding and Fretting Conditions

By Xiaoqiang Fan, Hanmin Fu, Wen Li, Minhao Zhu


Lubrication function of multialkylated cyclopentanes (MACs) greases for the contact TC4/Steel was investigated in detail under the sliding and fretting conditions, and the worn tracks were measured by surface/interface analysis techniques to explore the friction mechanisms. The results demonstrate that these lubricating greases have good friction-reducing function under fretting and sliding conditions, and their friction reduction is superior to wear resistance, especially calcium sulfonate complex grease. Good lubrication function of MACs greases under sliding friction mainly depends on synergies of grease-film and friction-induced chemical reaction film. Fretting behaviors depend on not only grease-film and chemical reaction film, but also fretting wear mechanisms including abrasion, oxidation, and delamination. Read the 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 2018 Tribology Frontiers Conference – Co-Sponsored by ASME Tribology Division

Join many of your tribology colleagues from around the world at the 2018 STLE Tribology Frontiers Conference Oct. 28-31 at the Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago.


Special room block has been reserved at The Drake Hotel for guests attending the 2018 TFC. Please visit to reserve your rooms, or make changes to existing room reservations.


Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and STLE does not guarantee room availability. If you plan on attending the 2018 TFC, you are urged to make your room reservations as soon as possible.


See who will be attending this year’s Tribology Frontiers Conference .


Come share your work and learn from the best and brightest in the field of tribology research.




Download the STLE 365 App and gain access to Tribology Frontiers Conference information

Find details for STLE’s Tribology Frontiers Conference through the STLE 365 App. The app contains program details including session times, locations and abstracts. The app will contain the most up-to-date conference information. Use the app to build your program itinerary.


To access the TFC conference app, download the STLE 365 app from the Google Play Store or iOS App Store and search for STLE 365. You can also use the auto-detect link: .


Once you’ve downloaded the app, sign-in using your STLE member ID and password. If you are an STLE non-member you will need to create an account. For details on how to use the app please click here .


Once you have gained access visit EVENT APPS to find conference details.




See who will be presenting at this year’s Tribology Frontiers Conference

Abstracts for this year’s Tribology Frontiers Conference have been uploaded to the STLE website. This includes all 11 topics and both the general poster and principal investigator posters. Find abstracts by Control ID or title of presentation. Check to see which presentations you would like to attend. Click here to find all abstracts .


Let us know on Facebook or twitter, which presentations are you most excited to see at the 2018 Tribology Frontiers Conference? #TFC2018


See who will be attending the conference.






STLE2019_150px.jpgSTLE 2019 Annual Meeting Abstract Deadline Extended to October 22nd
The submission site for the 2019 Annual Meeting will continue to accept abstracts for podium or student poster presentations


Join us for the 74th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, May 19-23, 2019 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to the regular presentation categories, several technical committees are working together to produce a number of special sessions for 2019.

Engine and Drive Train is organizing a special session on “Electric Vehicles” as a precursor to examining this field of study in future years.  Biotribology is planning a special session on “Tribology of Biomaterials” in conjunction with Materials Tribology and a special session on “Testing of Soft Tribology” in conjunction with Tribotesting.

Materials Tribology and Nanotribology are repeating the successful “Tribochemistry” joint session that they initiated in 2018 and are also producing a new joint session on 2D Materials.  Lastly, STLE and the China Tribological Institute (CTI) are scheduling an Invited Abstract Only on Frontiers of Tribology Research

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 URL:

Abstracts may be submitted to with a deadline of October 22, 2018.




Don’t miss out on the October STLE Challenge. New questions are now available. Sign-up on the STLE 365 App
The STLE app challenge is an ongoing contest for 2018 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. The players with the top three scores at the end of the month win.

Winners will each receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card. In addition, all winners will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a chance to win an Apple iPad courtesy of STLE. 
Learn more about the STLE Challenge

Our next challenge winners will be selected on October 31, 2018. Good luck!



Upcoming Webinar Alert  


STLE Webinar – Gear Failure Analysis

Live event on Wed. Oct. 24 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.


This webinar presentation will begin by providing an overview of gear design features. After that the presentation will cover difficult modes of gear failure. After that the webinar will discuss troubleshooting and gear inspection. The presentation will conclude by cover lubricants analysis and sampling procedure.


For details and tor register, please visit the STLE Store .




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!




2018-2019 STLE Presidential Awards scholarship applications now open

STLE is now accepting applications for the society’s academic scholarship program, administered by its Presidential Council. These scholarships are designed to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to pursue an advanced degree or a career in tribology or lubrication engineering by subsidizing a research project related to the field.


Qualified students will be considered for The E. Richard Booser Scholarship (for undergraduate students), The Elmer E. Klaus Fellowship (for graduate students) or The Jeanie S. McCoy Scholarship (for female undergraduate or graduate students). Students must apply separately using the application forms.


Faculty members are encouraged to recommend that their students apply for an STLE scholarship. For more information, click here to download the application forms. Applications are due Dec. 1, 2018.




STLE Early Career Awards available for students and young professionals

Each year STLE’s Early Career Awards honor outstanding research contributions made by students, postdoctoral fellows, and other recent graduates to the field of tribology.


The Early Career Awards Program is targeted at STLE student members, young researchers and junior-level academic faculty who are in varying stages of their professional careers. The awards provide recognition of technical achievements and financial support for attendance at the 2019 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee.


Applications are evaluated by the STLE Early Career Committee, with the assistance of the Presidential Council. The award includes a certificate and lodging costs at the annual meeting conference venue.


Awards will be given for the following categories: student; postdoctoral researcher; academic professional, and industry professional. Additionally, applicants must (1.) be actively involved in tribology research, (2.) participate in the STLE Annual Meeting by giving an oral presentation, (3.) submit a complete application on or before the application deadline, (4.) not have received the STLE Early Career Award previously.


For more information, click here to download the application form. Applications are due Dec. 1, 2018.




Upcoming Events  


Alberta Section Meeting

Calgary, AB | Oct. 15


Cleveland Section Meeting

Independence, OH | Oct. 16


Pittsburgh Section Meeting

Pittsburgh, PA | Oct. 17


Louisiana Section Meeting

Baton Rouge, LA | Oct. 18


Chicago Section Meeting

Willowbrook, IL | Oct. 18


STLE Certification Exam

Wichita, KS | Oct. 19


Houston Section Golf Outing

Augusta Pines Dr. TX | Nov. 1





About STLE  

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