Technical Tracks

We invite authors to click the link below to submit abstracts for consideration as podium presentations or for the poster competition in one of the following eight tracks: (1) surfaces and interfaces, (2) biotribology, (3) fluid lubrication, (4) lubricants, (5) machine elements and systems, (6) energy/environment/manufacturing, (7) tribochemistry, and (8) materials tribology.

Poster presenters may submit a traditional 150 word abstract. We are asking the Oral presenters to submit the 150 word abstract as a summary and then upload an optional one-page extended abstract in Word format based on the conference template to be archived by on the STLE website. Extended abstract deadline for oral presentations has passed. We are still accepting abstracts for the wait list. Submit your abstracts at

Topic 1  Surfaces and Interfaces including Nanotribology
Physics of surfaces and interfaces 
Controlling friction with engineered surfaces
Coatings and functional surfaces
Surface profiling and measurement
Computer modeling of surfaces and surface interactions
Contact mechanics

Topic 2 – Biotribology
Natural & biological interfaces
Bio-inspired interfaces 
Biphasic materials
Synovial fluid simulation / characterization

Topic 3 – Fluid Lubrication
Boundary lubrication and thin films
Fluid film lubrication 
Gas or two phase lubrication
Emerging trends in lubrication
Soft and super soft EHL
Hydrodynamic and elastohydrodynamic lubrication

Topics 4 – Lubricants
Physics of fluids
Complex fluids
Novel lubricating fluids and additives
Nanoparticle additives

Topics 5  Machine Elements and Systems                         
Machine components
Lubricated mechanical elements
Machine components durability
Bearings and gears
Mechanical systems

Topic 6  Energy / Environment / Manufacturing

Fuel efficiency / environmental issues
Additive manufacturing & other innovative processes 
Electric vehicles

Topic 7  Tribochemistry

Lubricant chemistry
Shear induced chemical reactions
Tribofilm formation
Computational molecular chemistry

Topic 8  Materials Tribology
Composite materials 
Wear of materials  
Solid lubricants and coatings
Novel materials design

Topic 9 – Beyond the Cutting Edge Symposium
(Invited presentations only)

Topic 10 - ASME Tribology Division Symposium
New Horizons in Tribology (Invited presentations only)