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Tribology Frontiers Conference Tracks

STLE Tribology Frontiers Conference Tracks

  1. Tribology Advanced Methods
  2. Tribology Micro & Nano Scales
  3. Tribology Macro Scales
  4. Tribology Medical Applications
  5. Tribology Natural Processes
  6. Tribology Energy Economy & Sustainability
  7. Tribology in Manufacturing Processes

Tracks Descriptions


Tribology Advanced Methods
presented by Dr. Daniele Dini (Imperial College of London)

Research in Tribology has recently seen a shift towards the use of advanced modeling and experimental techniques, originally developed by physicists, chemists and computer scientists to perform fundamental research and shed light on mechanical, physical and chemical phenomena involving interfaces. These techniques have now been developed to the point where they provide new tools to tackle complex problems and applications. This track provides a venue for scientists to discuss recent advancements in experimental and modeling techniques applied to tribological problems.

Original research papers proposing significant advances to existing experimental and modeling techniques, and newly developed or emerging methodologies are solicited. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
• Experimental Studies of the Chemo-Mechanical Response of Lubricated Contacts
• Advances in Contact Mechanics Theories and Modeling
• Modeling Fluid/Solid Interactions
• Additives/Surfaces Interactions and Boundary Film Formation
• Experimental Techniques for In-Contact Investigations
• Theoretical, Numerical and Experimental Analyses of Fluid Film Lubrication
• Multi-Scale Modeling and Techniques for Coupling across the Scales

Invited Speaker - Dr. Janet Wong
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Tribology Micro & Nano Scales
presented by Dr. Ashlie Martini (University of California - Merced)


Nanotribology is the study of friction, wear and lubrication at nanometer scales. Research in this area both enables the design of small-scale moving components and provides fundamental understanding of mechanisms underlying tribological phenomena on any length scale. Such research is performed using both experiment and model-based techniques, and sometimes the integration of both. Topics of particular interest include (but are not limited to):

Single asperity friction and wear:
• Atomic (friction) force microscopy
• Atomistic models of AFM probe contact

Thin film lubrication and nanoparticle additives:
• Lubrication by films with thickness less than tens of nanometers
• Introduction of novel lubricant properties using nanoscale additives

Nanoscale material characterization:
• Relating atomic or lattice scale material features to tribological behavior
• Measurements of tribological materials using instrumentation with nanoscale resolution

Invited Speaker - Dr. Mark C. Hersam
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Tribology Macro Scales
presented by Dr. Daejong Kim (University of Texas at Arlington)


Efficient and reliable bearing/machine components technologies are very important for many power-generation and energy systems. Original research papers investigating various aspects of macroscopic tribo-elements (fluid film bearings, gears, clutch, brakes, rolling element bearing, etc) are solicited: Potential topics include but not limited to

• Fundamentals of fluid film lubrication: modeling and mechanisms
• Theoretical and experimental analyses of hydrodynamic, hydrostatic and hybrid bearings
• Design principle of fluid film bearings and lubrication techniques
• Transient, steady-state, and non-linear dynamic performance of fluid film bearings
• Active/semi-active fluid film bearings and their control technologies
• Lubrication on engineered surface
• Effect of chemical and mechanical properties of bearing materials on the fluid film bearing performance
• Elastohydrodynamic lubrication: theory and experimental characterizations
• Environment-friendly lubrication technology for advanced power generation system

Invited Speaker - Dr. Michael D. Bryant
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Tribology Medical Applications
presented by Dr. David Burris (University of Delaware)


Medical applications of tribology is an exciting and rapidly growing area of tribology research. The subject covers a vast range of interests from live cell interfaces to artificial implants and personal care products. In light of the diversity of disciplines involved in this research we are seeking increased participation from scientists outside the traditional tribology domain. Contributions are therefore welcomed from scientists, engineers and clinicians working in the fields of orthopedic surgery, dermatology, biomechanics, biomaterials, cosmetic chemistry and biophysics.

Original research papers, both experimental and modeling, are invited for presentation. The topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

• Artificial implants: materials, wear, explant analysis, lubrication modeling
• Soft tissue interaction; contact lenses, bio-probes, tongue-palate contact
• Articular cartilage; mechanically-induced damage, modeling, biomaterials
• Bio-mimetics; bio-inspired tribology, materials and surfaces
• Personal care products: hair conditioners, shaving and skin creams
• Tactile perception, surface texture and haptics
• Bio-molecules and surface interaction

Invited Speaker - Dr. Brett Levine
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Tribology Natural Processes
presented by Dr. David Burris (University of Delaware)


Tribology can be found in many natural processes; understanding these systems can inspire novel strategies to control friction and wear in machines, and even help us predict, mitigate, or prevent natural disasters. Areas of interest include friction of snow and ice, friction and wear processes involving rock and sand, self-cleaning mechanisms, and novel locomotion or lubrication mechanisms. In light of the diversity of disciplines involved in this research we are seeking increased participation from scientists outside the traditional tribology domain.

Original research papers, both experimental and modeling, are invited for presentation. The topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

• Friction and creep of snow and ice
• Friction and wear of geological materials
• Hydrophobicity, anti-wetting, self-cleaning
• Novel solutions to locomotion problems in nature
• Wear resistance, scratch resistance, and fracture toughness of natural composites
• Novel lubrication strategies

Invited Speaker - Dr. Emily Brodsky
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Tribology Energy Economy & Sustainability
presented by Dr. Aaron Greco (Argonne National Laboratory)


Tribological contact can have significant impact on the energy efficiency and sustainability of mechanical systems. Research topics include friction reduction to improve the energy efficiency, such as vehicle engine friction; and improved mechanical durability, including energy generation systems like wind turbine drive trains. Additionally, this session will include topics that address the sustainability of materials used for tribological systems, including life cycle considerations (i.e. bio-based lubricants).

• Friction and surface failure issues in energy generation systems (wind turbine drive trains, thermal cycle, etc)
• Engine and vehicle drive train friction reduction
• Environmentally friendly lubricants
• Wear reduction and improved durability

Invited Speaker - Dr. Selda Gunsel
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Tribology in Manufacturing Processes
presented by Dr. Daniel Nelias (INSA - LaMCoS)


The understanding of tribology is essential for most manufacturing processes. These sessions will aim to provide a forum to discuss recent advances on tribology in manufacturing technologies for modern industries. A non-exhaustive list of topics are listed below:

• Tribology of cutting tools
• Tribology in hot rolling of steel strip
• Tribology of machining
• Tribology in metal forming processes
• Mechanical surface treatments (ultrasonic and conventional shot peening, laser peening, roto-flapper peening, low plasticity burnishing, etc.)
• Friction stir welding
• Coatings and lubrication in manufacturing processes
• etc

Invited Speaker - Dr. Pierre Montmitonnet
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