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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 June TLT - Digital EditionTLT Archives

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

FEATURE ARTICLE
Back and forth with oscillating bearings
(posted on May 22, 2020)
Cranes, wind turbine blades and airplane wing flaps all have a similar problem: the bearings that help them rotate don’t go in a full circle. Like kids on a swing or seesaw, they oscillate back and forth or up and downRead more >


INDUSTRY INSIGHTS
COVID-19 challenges in the lubricants industry (posted on May 22, 2020)
Will the world be able to adapt to changes during and after the COVID-19 pandemic? Many industries are facing challenges during this time, including the tribology and lubricants business sector, as evident by the overwhelming number of responses we received in this special TLT survey on how the health crisis has adversely affected STLE members globally who work in academia, government and industry. Health and safety concerns have risen to the forefront as the tribology and lubrication field tries to figure out best practices for operating under these challenging timesRead more >

GREASE
The art of manufacturing grease 
(posted on May 22, 2020
Choosing a grease for a particular application requires understanding how the grease will hold up under operating conditions, which can include variable pressures and temperatures. Identifying the right grease can be challenging as the grease manufacturing process has dramatic impacts on the properties of the final product, and parts of the process require experience to fully control. Read more >

PRESIDENT'S REPORT 
Life is a journey (posted on May 22, 2020)

These past 30 years with STLE have changed my life, both personally and professionally. 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 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

TFC 2020 is going Virtual
Still accepting abstracts for the wait list
(May 5, 2020)

Join tribology researchers from around the world for the 2020 TFC to be held on Nov. 8-11, Online at www.stle.org. We invite authors to submit abstracts for consideration as oral or poster presentations. For more information and to submit an abstract visit. www.stle.org/tribologyfrontiers
 
F+L Webcast
(May 5, 2020)
New Fuels & Lubricant Industry Podcast Examines ILSAC GF-6A, GF-6B and API SP First Licensing. You can listen to the entire podcast episode with Jeff Harmening at https://www.flweek.fuelsandlubes.com/fl-webcast.

Worldwide Student Poster Contest
Submissions are closed - Thank you to our participants

(April 2, 2020)

Thank you to all participants of the Worldwide Student Poster Contest. Poster submissions are now closed. We will be announcing winners in the next couple of weeks. Click here to view contest rules and details

World Tribology Congress 2021
First Announcement

(Dec. 13, 2019)

The 7th World Tribology Congress in 2021 will be an opportunity to bring together a large scientific community to promote international exchange and collaboration. This international event will (1.) highlight recent important progress in fields of tribology; (2.) challenge our limits of tribological systems; (3.) ensure the effective transfer of these skills to specific applications, and (4.) integrate environmental issues. Click here for more details about WTC 2021.


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