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Handbook of Lubrication and Tribology-Volume II: Theory and Design, Second Edition

June 01, 2012
Robert M. Gresham
Book Review/Excerpt

Edited by Robert W. Bruce, GE Aircraft Engines, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Co-published by CRC Press (Taylor and Francis Group) and STLE, 2012, hard cover, 1,160 pages.

Handbook of Lubrication and Tribology−Volume II: Theory and Design, Second Edition is one of a three-volume series. The other books in the series are Volume I: Application and Maintenance and Volume III: Monitoring, Materials, Synthetic Lubricants and Applications.

The new edition of Volume II is sponsored and co-published by STLE in partnership with CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group). For a limited time, it is available to STLE members at a 25% discount.

The second edition of this book was edited by Bob Bruce, GE Aircraft Engines, and STLE’s 2008-2009 president, who has done our industry another great service.

The first edition was published in 1984. Since then, our understanding has deepened considerably regarding the broad range of tribological processes that make up what we traditionally refer to as friction, lubrication and wear.

Indeed, the terms tribochemical processes, surface engineering, nanotribology and biotribology have been coined since then. In addition, we now have new computer simulations of monomolecular layer interactions between surfaces and analytical capability, such as atomic force microscopes, to help characterize the properties of relatively small bundles of molecules.  Thus, the second edition codifies much of what we have learned over the last 25 years and brought it into perspective. 

Further, the rising cost of energy and the more newly related costs of environmental management have added to the significance of the study of tribology. In the 1980s, it was estimated that in the U.S. $20 billion in energy was lost due to friction and wear. Now it is estimated that these costs have risen to $140 billion. The transportation sector grew ~37% over the last 20 years globally. It is estimated that 28% of the fuel energy consumed is lost to friction.  Clearly, there are many incentives to expand our understanding and management of the tribology of mechanical systems.

The first edition covered three main topic areas: Friction, Wear and Lubrication Theory, Lubricants and their Application and Design Principles. The second edition not only includes updates of the earlier segments, but also includes an important new fourth segment on Wear Materials (wear and friction-reducing materials and treatments). 

The second edition features a daunting list of 85 contributors and reads like a technical “who’s who” of the industry, and assures that the information is comprehensive, up-to-date and reflects breadth our latest thinking. The field of tribology is not easily covered as it encompasses material chemistries, both organic and inorganic, moving mechanical systems and now the human body, as well.    

This book is designed for technically oriented people, but is readable enough for those who need to increase the breadth of their knowledge. This is especially true for those studying for STLE’s Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS) certification exam. Regardless of motivation, the second edition, like its predecessor, is a valuable reference and, as such, should hold a prominent place in the reference libraries of all lubrication professionals in our industry.

Visit the STLE Compass page to download our podcast interview with Bob Bruce. Visit the STLE Store to get further information about ordering this book.

You can reach Bob Gresham, STLE’s director of professional development, at rgresham@stle.org.

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