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The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) is a professional technical society providing a selection of robust resources in technical research, education and professional development delivered through programming, courses, events and periodicals on topics most important to you: safety, energy usage, maintenance, natural resources, wear and productivity

Membership is available to those interested in staying current in the latest technologies, advancing their careers and making new professional connections from around the world.

What is tribology?

Tribology is the study of science and engineering of interacting surfaces in relative motion. It includes the study and application of the principles of friction, lubrication and wear. Tribology is a branch of mechanical engineering and materials science.

Tribology’s economic and commercial impact is vast. The science reduces energy use, lowers the cost of maintenance and replacement, develops new technology, and solves resource problems, such as the lack of clean water. Proper tribological procedures save an estimated 1.3% to 1.6% of a nation’s gross domestic product—a savings of hundreds of billions of dollars (U.S. currency) in larger countries. Virtually every nation has realized it cannot afford to overlook the economic, industrial, and commercial advantages of tribology. Consequently, tribology is a science that is constantly being advanced by thousands of researchers around the world. Lubrication engineering is the practical application of that science, generally in the development of lubricants and their proper usage and maintenance. Click here to learn more about tribology.



Online webinars, education courses and professional certification programs offer opportunities for continuing education to enhance your career and create value for your company.




STLE organizes, supports, co-sponsors and hosts meetings to provide the tribology and lubrication communities an opportunity to network, exchange ideas and information.






Educating technical professionals to compete in the global business environment is STLE's core mission of serving as a trusted provider of education and a workforce development partner.





STLE grants three academic awards through its Presidential Awards Program. These awards are meant to encourage students to pursue an advanced degree or a career in tribology or lubrication engineering by subsidizing a research project related to the field.



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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

COVER STORY
The brave new world of electric vehicle fluids (posted on September 15, 2021)
Electric vehicles (EVs), because they are fundamentally different from internal combustion vehicles, are presenting multiple challenges—and opportunities—for lubricant formulators. “I’ve been developing lubricants for almost 30 years, and this probably has been the biggest single change that we’ve faced over the years,” says Michael Gahagan, driveline technology manager for The Lubrizol Corp. in Derby, UK. Read more >

FEATURE ARTICLE
The future of jet engine lubrication (posted on September 15, 2021)
If you cracked the hood of any airplane during World War II, chances are you would have found mineral oil lubricating the engine. During the 1940s and 1950s, that began to change. The aviation industry started to shift toward using synthetic lubricants for engines, mainly because mineral oil couldn’t survive the increasing temperatures of newer engine models, a trend that has continued to the present day. Read more >

BEST PRACTICES
The value of lubrication cleanliness (posted on September 15, 2021)
While there is much emphasis on using the best lubricant for the application, keeping the lubricant clean during production, in storage, during the fill process and in operation is just as, if not more, important. In fact, one could make the case that it doesn’t matter how much the lubricant costs or what kind of additives it has if it’s laden with particles and debris. Read more >

PRESIDENT'S REPORT 
Where did you hear that idea? (posted on September 15, 2021)
How we obtain information today is much different compared to years ago (thank you, captain obvious!). If you remember days gone by when our source of information was the 5 o’clock news, the morning newspaper or perhaps the water cooler, then look to where we are now—you may feel like a train just passed, and you can feel the wind and hear the roar from it. It seems like it came so quickly. That is a bit like how I feel in reflecting on the pace of information flow. Read more >

STLE EDUCATION
Personalize Your Education. Advance Your Career
STLE Learning Pathways is a new online resource library for lubrication industry professionals to help identify, align and target their education and career development needs with access to technical articles, courses, webinars and books that will help them better serve their customers and employers. Learn more >


WHITE PAPERS & SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS 
2020 Report on Emerging Issues and Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering
STLE’s 2020 Report on Emerging Issues and Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering builds on a multiphase research effort to evaluate current trends and predict future developments impacting the field of tribology and lubrication engineering that was published in the first two Emerging Trends reports in 2014 and 2017. Based on input from technical experts around the world, the triennial Emerging Trends Report includes a look into more recent advances and topics that have surfaced in the latest publication. Order your copy >


Tribology Opportunities for Enhancing America's Energy Efficiency 
The Tribology Opportunities for Enhancing America's Energy Efficiency Report, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), summarizes the results from a workshop STLE hosted at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. The purpose of the workshop was to explore opportunities in advanced tribological science and engineering of energy technologies across a wide range of practical application sectors. You'll find the results of these efforts in the report. Order your copy >

Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering: Industry Leader Predictions Report

The Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering: Industry Leader Predictions Report evaluates the impact of changes in industry, technology and the economy on the field. The 20-page report is based on a year-long study of nearly 1,000 industry experts surveyed with the goal of tapping into their collective wisdom and insight and drawing conclusions about the future of tribology and lubrication engineering. 
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Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering: Industry Leader Predictions Report

The Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering: Industry Leader Predictions Report evaluates the impact of changes in industry, technology and the economy on the field. The 20-page report is based on a year-long study of nearly 1,000 industry experts surveyed with the goal of tapping into their collective wisdom and insight and drawing conclusions about the future of tribology and lubrication engineering. 
Order your free copy >

Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering: Industry Leader Predictions Report

The Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering: Industry Leader Predictions Report evaluates the impact of changes in industry, technology and the economy on the field. The 20-page report is based on a year-long study of nearly 1,000 industry experts surveyed with the goal of tapping into their collective wisdom and insight and drawing conclusions about the future of tribology and lubrication engineering. 
Order your free copy >

Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering: Industry Leader Predictions Report

The Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering: Industry Leader Predictions Report evaluates the impact of changes in industry, technology and the economy on the field. The 20-page report is based on a year-long study of nearly 1,000 industry experts surveyed with the goal of tapping into their collective wisdom and insight and drawing conclusions about the future of tribology and lubrication engineering. 
Order your free copy >

 









News

STLE Early Career Awards available for students and young professionals Deadline Dec. 1
(September 8, 2021)

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 2022 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. Application deadline Dec. 1, 2021



2022 STLE Annual Meeting Call for Papers Abstract site now open
(August 16, 2021)

The submission site is now open to receive abstracts for podium, student poster and early career poster presentations at the 76th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, May 15-19, 2022 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. The submission deadline is posted as October 1, 2021.


Upcoming Events

September 21, 2021
STLE Industry Insights
Electric Vehicle Fluids Requirements and Testing

12:00 - 1:00 pm

September 23, 2021
STLE Philadelphia Section Education Course

Additive Manufacturing
8:30 - 3:30 pm

September 30, 2021
8th Auburn Tribology Minor Symposium and Career Fair
8:00 - 5:00 pm

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