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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 honors its 75th anniversary with a year of celebration. we begin with a salute to our founding fathers - a group of people who embody the spirit of volunteerism.



Check out what's inside the October TLT - Digital EditionTLT Archives

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

FEATURE ARTICLE
From atoms to materials
(posted on September 16, 2020)

Industrial applications today subject steel bearings and gears to severe sustained static and dynamic loads in extreme environments. The development of new high-strength steels is especially relevant to a number of industrial sectors ranging from automotive to power transmission and wind energy, as well as to other sectors. The high-carbon and chromium-containing steels composing these bearings are expected to serve reliably, regardless of their performance environmentRead more >

COVER STORY
Solid coatings: Not just for space vehicles anymore (posted on September 16, 2020)
Solid lubrication and wear reduction coatings were once the purview of NASA and companies in the aerospace industry. Now, they are showing up in an increasing number of applications here on the ground. The component materials for these coatings come from all over the periodic table. “Even with a relatively small number of materials, once you mix three or four things together, the matrix of what you can do is just immense,” says STLE-member Jeff Lince, principal at Space Tribology Consulting. Read more >

WEBINARS
How to remain safe and productive in working with metalworking fluids during the COVID-19 pandemic 
(posted on September 16, 2020)
This article is based on an STLE Webinar presented to provide assistance to STLE members trying to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The origin of the webinar goes back to early March 2020 when the extent of this health crisis became evident in much of the world. Read more >

20 MINUTES
20 Minutes with Bryan Allison 
(posted on September 16, 2020)
Bryan Allison completed his doctorate at the University of Florida in 2013. His thesis topic was the “Evolution of Mechanical Properties of M50 Bearing Steel Due to Rolling Contact Fatigue.” Since 2013, he has worked as a product development engineer at SKF Aeroengine in Falconer, N.Y. In this role, he has been involved in the development and qualification of a variety of materials and manufacturing processes for bearings in aerospace applicationsRead more >

PRESIDENT'S REPORT 
STLE's 2020 - 2023 Strategic Plan (posted on September 16, 2020)
In early August, the STLE Board of Directors approved the revised STLE Strategic Plan for 2020-2023. This was a culmination of many months of hard work by the Board of Directors and Executive Committee that was initiated by Immediate Past President Mike Duncan during his term last year. Developing good solid strategic plans for any organization is no easy task, and this process was not much different. In the end, though, I am proud of the work that everyone put into this, and I think we have a fantastic document to guide us on our journey for the next three years. The momentum that we gained as an organization from the previous two strategic plans was definitely the motivation that we needed to ensure that we set up the society for the best path forwardRead 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 andlubrication 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 publicationOrder 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. 
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 >

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

Fundamentals and Applications of Tribology: Friction, Wear and Lubrication
ASME Tribology Division Education Course Hosted at the Virtual TFC November 11 between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This short education course provides a quick overview of principles and applications of tribology. The program is intended for those who need an appreciation of the tribology principles to solve practical problems that involve friction, wear and lubrication, or need this background information to interpret field or laboratory test results. Click here for more details and to register.

Get the Early Bird rate for the Virtual TFC now through Oct. 15th
(August 31, 2020)

The world’s tribology research community is coming together November 9-13 for a week of keynote presentations, technical sessions and networking opportunities. The virtual event offers participants a valuable, cost-effective and safe experience that fits the world economic and health situation. Register today at www.stle.org/tribologyfrontiers.

STLE 2021 Annual Meeting Abstract Site Open
(July 22, 2020)

The abstract submission site for the 2021 STLE Annual Meeting and Exhibition is now open. We invite you t present your latest research at STLE's 75th Anniversary Meeting May 16 - 20, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. Visit www.stle.org/annualmeeting for more details. 

Upcoming Events 

Sept. 23 at 11:00 A.M. PDT
Northern California Section Meeting
Tribology Testing for Automotive Applications

Sept. 24 at 2:30 P.M. CT
Live Webinar - Biosynthetic Tech Presents
High Performance Sustainable Base Oils and Detailed Analysis

Sept. 25 at 10:30 A.M. CT
Live Webinar - Water Corporation Presents
Analysis of Motor Oils by Modulated Thermogravimetric Analysis (mTGA)

Sept. 29 at 10:30 A.M. CT
Live Webinar - Perkin Elmer Presents
Combining Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy with Particle Count to Provide Laboratory Efficiency and Data Quality

Sept. 30 at 10:30 A.M. CT
Live Webinar - NLGI Presents
NLGI's NEW High-Performance Muliuse (HPM) Grease Specifications - Development Details

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