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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 November TLT - Digital EditionTLT Archives

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

FEATURE ARTICLE
The tribology of dental ceramics
(posted on October 15, 2020)
Ceramics are widely used in dentistry due to their ability to mimic the optical characteristics of enamel and dentine, as well as their biocompatibility and durability. They include a wide array of materials. 
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LUBRICATION FUNDAMENTALS
Used oil analysis (posted on October 15, 2020)
Used oil analysis, or UOA, is a series of physical and electrochemical tests on a sample of used oil to learn about both the oil performance and the condition of the rest of the machine. Typical tests include the use of a spectrograph, which detects and measures specific elements in the sample; a ferrograph, which pumps the sample across a magnetic field and sorts iron-containing wear particles by size; and various means of pH and viscosity testing to analyze the quality of the oil itself. 
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MARKET TRENDS
The birth of a hydrogen economy 
(posted on October 15, 2020)
In July 2020, the European Union (EU) announced its hydrogen policy to achieve a carbon-neutral economy. Several countries, including Australia and Japan, have issued such policies in the past. The EU policy is different in that it is more comprehensive and takes an integrated approach to reducing carbon footprints. The policy, issued as part of the EU’s COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, is based on a philosophy of “rebuild better” to be better equipped to fight climate change. 
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PRESIDENT'S REPORT 
Stationary gas engines (posted on October 15, 2020)
One of the greatest things about the long career I have had in the lubricants industry is that each and every day is an opportunity to learn something new. I have been so lucky throughout my career to be exposed to so many different types of equipment and lubrication requirements. In those first few years, I honed my knowledge with such things as steam and gas turbo generators, huge hydrogen gas reciprocating compressors and, of course, all kinds of pumps, compressors, electric motors and gearboxes. 
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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. 
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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 2021 Annual Meeting Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to October 26th
(September 29, 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 and to submit an abstract. 

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.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 29 | 10:30 am CDT
Live Webinar - Colonial Chemical Presents
Enabling New Generation MWF Formulation

Nov. 4 | 12:00 pm EDT
Canton Section Virtual Meeting

Nov. 5 | 11:00 am EDT
Lower Ohio River Valley Section Virtual Meeting
Introduction to Estolide Technology

Nov. 6 | 12:00 pm CDT
Houston Section Virtual Meeting
Using unique Polymer Chemistry to Enhance Automotive and Industrial Formulations

Nov. 9-13 | 8:30 am-4:00 pm CDT
STLE Tribology Frontiers Virtual Conference

Nov. 17 | 10:00 am MDT

Alberta Section Virtual Meeting
Gas Engine Oil for Biogas Applications

Nov. 17 | 12:00 pm EDT
Detroit Section Virtual Meeting
Lubricant Base Stocks - Past, Present and Future

Nov. 17-18

Chicago Section Two-Day Virtual Education Program

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