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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
Driveline fluids for electric vehicles (posted on July 16, 2021)
Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular as auto manufacturers release new models and the cost of batteries decreases. In terms of traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, EVs are a disruptive technology, not only with respect to fuel consumption, but also in terms of lubricants. The very good news for those involved in the lubricant industry—and the considerable challenge—is that driveline fluids for EVs represent a potentially strong market for lubricantsRead more >

FEATURE ARTICLE
How re-refined oils could contribute to the circular economy of the future (posted on July 16, 2021)
Refining crude oilfor industrial use relies on separation processes like centrifuging and distillation to remove impurities and separate small and large hydrocarbons for use in different applications. In order to turn used oil into desirable products, plants can use similar approaches to those applied to crude oil to remove unwanted particles and sort degraded hydrocarbons from usable ones. Read more >

BEST PRACTICES
Industrial oil filtration (posted on July 16, 2021)
“Dirt and water are the two enemies of any kind of mechanical working environment,” says Steve Phillips, president of Allied Oil & Supply. Thus, lubricant filtration is an essential component of any well-run operationRead more >

PRESIDENT'S REPORT 
The jagged path of electricity  (posted on July 16, 2021)
Everyone wants to knowwhat is coming in the future. Of course we do—we all do. The future that we see with electric vehicles is that it is coming, but we still don’t know exactly what it will look like, even though—day by day—more information emerges.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. 
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News

Access exhibits & technical presentations from the 2021 STLE Virtual Annual Meeting & Exhibition
(June 7, 2021)
 
If you didn’t catch all the sessions or want to re-watch any of the presentations again, don’t worry! All sessions and presentation recordings are available on demand, unless noted—including access to the virtual exhibit booths—for 90 days to attendees after the event concludes. Attendees who visit the booths can download literature and email booth staff for additional information. You can still access the virtual event platform and meeting content through Aug. 18, 2021. Click here to access the virtual platform.

Mark your calendars for 2022 STLE Annual Meeting
(May 20, 2021)

As we conclude the 2021 Annual Meeting we wanted to invite you back for the 76th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition on May 15-19, 2022 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin in Orlando, Florida. We look forward to seeing you in person at the next meeting. Save the Date.

2022 STLE Annual Meeting Call for Papers Abstract site opens August 2021
(May 20, 2021)

Abstract submission site for the 2022 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition will open August 2021. If you are interested in presenting your research please prepare a 100 - 150 word abstract for submission. Thank you.

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