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. 

What is STLE? 

Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), is one of the largest professional societies in the field of tribology and lubrication technology, which serves more than 15,000 industry professionals worldwide.

Our mission is to advance the science of tribology and the practice of lubrication engineering in order to foster innovation, improve the performance of equipment and products, conserve resources and protect the environment.



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 August TLT - Digital EditionTLT Archives

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

 
LUBRICATION FUNDAMENTALS

Solid Lubricants
(posted on July 15, 2019)
Although liquid lubricants are the typical solution for reducing friction, sometimes they are impractical or inadequate, for instance, where there is extreme contact pressure, elevated temperature or a vacuum. Such atypical conditions call for atypical solutions. Fortunately lubrication technology now includes a range of solid lubricants (also called dry or dry-film lubricants) that are well suited for extremes. Read more >

WEBINARS
Fundamentals of wind turbines (posted on July 15, 2019)
The rising concerns over climate change, environmental pollution and energy security have increased interest in developing renewable energy. We are seeing unparalleled enthusiasm, demand and growth in renewable energy production, with wind energy being at the forefront. Wind energy is expanding both onshore and offshore with bigger, more powerful turbines, creating new demands and markets. Read more >


TECH BEAT
Developing a hybrid heavy-duty truck (posted on July 15, 2019)
The movement to commercializing alternatives to the internal combustion engine has focused on light-duty vehicles. This column has shared different research approaches such as batteries and fuel cells. Read more >

PRESIDENT'S REPORT 
The New Generation Gap (posted on July 15, 2019)
One of our strategic goals for the STLE board of directors is to communicate with the general population (people not familiar with tribology and lubrication engineers) in order to inform and advocate the merits of our organization for the betterment of society. With that in mind, I would like to share a conversation that my son and I had a few years ago. 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 
2017 Report on Emerging Issues and Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering
The new edition of STLE's Emerging Issues and Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering report offers tribology and lubricant professionals valuable insight into future technical challenges and commercial opportunities for the field during the next 10 years. The Emerging Trends report is based on a year-long research survey of nearly 1,000 technical experts from around the world. Order your free 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 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 >

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
Dr. Michael Duncan from Daubert Chemical Elected 2019-2020 STLE President
(June 4, 2019)

Dr. Michael Duncan, executive vice president of technology for Daubert Chemical Co. in Chicago, takes the reins as STLE's 2019 - 2020 president. His one-year term began at the 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition, May 19-23 in Nashville, Tennessee. Click here to continue reading.

Dr. Ryan Evans from The Timken Co. Joins STLE's Executive Committee
(June 4, 2019)

Dr. Ryan Evans, director of R&D for bearings at the Timken Company in Canton, Ohio, is the newest member of STLE's Executive Committee. Click here to continue reading.

Meet STLE's Newest Board Members
(June 4, 2019)

Members have elected the following to STLE's 2019-2020 Board of Directors: Dr. William Anderson (Afton Chemical), Dr. Nicholas Argibay (Sandia National Laboratories), Steffen Bots (LubeServ), Brian Hovik (Chemetall), Dr. Kuldeep Mistry (The Timken Company), Dr. Raj Shah (Koehler Instrument Company, Inc.). All six began their terms at STLE's 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee. Click here to learn more about our newest board members.

Worldwide Student Poster Contest
(May 15, 2019)

Help spread the news. STLE is hosting a Worldwide Student Poster Contest in celebration of its 75th Anniversary. We are seeking participation in four categories: School grades (K-3), (4-6), (7-9) & (10-12). Winners in each category will receive cash prizes! Contest information and rules will be available August 1, 2019. Click here to view the event flyer. 

Upcoming Events

STLE Twin Cities Section Meeting
Minneapolis, MN | July 23

6th Mechanical Engineering Research Day (MERD'19)
Malaysia | July 31

STLE Cleveland Section Golf Outing
Medina, OH | August 12

The 4th North American Industrial Lubricants Congress
Chicago, IL | September 10-11

Tribochemistry Hakodate 2019
Hokkaido, Japan | September 12-14

ITC Sendai 2019
Sendai, Japan | September 17-21

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