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December 13, 2021
12:00 - 12:45 P.M. (CT)
Wind Turbine Lubrication Challenges

Energy in the U.S. has surpassed 120 GW of installed capacity and continues to be a leading source of new generation additions. In 2020, wind power contributed the most energy compared to all other sources (solar, natural gas, etc.) at 18.5 GW. However, wind turbines are commonly plagued by reliability issues, including drivetrain components that experience unusually short lives. This is due to numerous reasons, many of which stem from lubrication issues. The replacement of these components comes at a very high cost due to these turbines' location and size. Furthermore, the industry is progressing to larger turbines, increasing power ranges from 0.75- 2.5 MW to 4-10 MW capacity, as well as moving turbine locations offshore, where access to the turbines becomes more costly, and environmental concerns of possible lubricant leakages arise.

Agenda (all times in Central Time Zone [CT]):
Noon – 12:05 p.m.: Introductions
12:05 – 12:20 p.m.: Topic review
12:20 – 12:40 p.m.: Attendee discussion/Q & A

Presenters Bio: Dr. Selim Erhan
Selim Erhan has a Ph.D. in Organic-Polymer Chemistry from Western Michigan University.  After College he started as a research scientist at the National Center for Agricultural Research Service of the U.S, Department of Agriculture, on finding industrial applications for vegetable oils in areas such as rubber, paper, agricultural sprays, pharmaceuticals, food, lubricant, and oil field applications.  Later he moved into industry and worked as a research scientist formulating lubricants at D. A. Stuart Company, Georgia Pacific, Polartech, Afton, Elevance Renewable Sciences and worked on finished metalworking formulations, additive packages for metalworking fluids, oil field drilling products, cleaners, and lubricant formulations. Following market development for vegetable oils as the Global Commercial Development Manager for Industrial Oils at Archer Daniels Midland Company.  Currently Selim is the Director of Business Development, focusing on using the advantages of vegetable oils and derivatives in industrial applications at Process Oils Inc, an Ergon company.  

Presenters Bio: Dr. Aaron Greco
Dr. Aaron Greco is the manager of the Materials for Harsh Conditions Group at Argonne National Laboratory where he leads a team of scientists and engineers on research related to investigation of drivetrain failure mechanisms, advanced materials and manufacturing technology, development of advanced coatings and investigation of the fundamentals of materials tribology. Prior to this Greco held positions at the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Technology Office and The National Academies as a science policy fellow. Greco has more than 14 years of experience in the field of tribology, specifically in the areas of contact failure analysis, surface engineering and nanoparticle lubricant additives. Greco has been involved with STLE since 2004 and has served on the Tribology Frontiers Conference’s Planning and Awards Committees. He has been an STLE Annual Meeting technical session chair and associate editor of Tribology Transactions. He has received STLE honors for publishing excellence and poster presentations, a scholarship from the STLE Chicago Section and the ASME Burt L. Newkirk Award. Greco received his bachelor’s of science degree from Iowa State University and doctorate degree from Northwestern University, both in mechanical engineering.


November 16, 2021
Biotribology – Current Directions and Challenges

Biotribology is a rapidly growing and highly multidisciplinary field. Biological systems are notoriously difficult to study because of their complex structure and environment. Their mechanical properties commonly fall outside the ranges studied with traditional tribometers, and laboratory testing of tissue samples at realistic conditions is very difficult. This Industry Insight will focus on ongoing challenges in measurement and testing, fundamental understanding, and prediction of the tribological properties of biological systems.

Presenters Bio: Dr. Marina Ruths
Marina Ruths has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She did postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois and at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz and is now a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her research focuses on direct measurements of interfacial forces and friction of polymers and polyelectrolytes, self-assembled structures, and surfaces with different roughness, including model systems for biological surfaces.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Raw Material Shortages and the Effect on Formulating New Products

Disruptions in the supply chain have impacted everyone, whether at the Chemical Manufacturing end to the Finished Part Supplier and everyone in between. From a formulator’s perspective, this disruption can significantly impact producing and delivering current products and developing anything new. The need to consolidate raw materials becomes a primary focus during development and even in reformulations. This Industry Insight will focus on current reasons for shortages and consider possible ways of overcoming them.

Presenter Bio: Jennifer Lunn
Jennifer Lunn has a BS in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. She spent the first 17 years of her career in various positions at The Lubrizol Corporation, including Research and Development of Additives, Research and Development of Metalworking Formulations, Metalworking Product Manager for North and South Americas, and Project Manager for Hydraulic and Industrial Gear Oils. Jennifer has been the Senior Research Chemist and Product Manager for JTM Products, Inc.’s Metalworking Division in the past four years. She focuses her time on formulating high-performing innovative products that meet the ever-changing landscape of the Metalworking Industry.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Electric Vehicle Fluids – Requirements and Testing

As electric vehicles (EVs) become mainstream, with many manufacturers claiming to drop internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle production entirely, there is increased need for tailor-made EV fluids.  With this comes the need to test these lubricants to demonstrate compatibility and differentiation. This Industry Insight will focus on current and potential future EV fluid requirements and consider possible testing methods for these EV fluids.

Presenters Bio: Dr. Peter Lee
After leaving school, Dr. Peter Lee qualified and worked as a motor vehicle technician for four years before attending university.  At the University of Leeds in the UK, he studied for an automotive engineering degree and was then asked by Shell and Infineum to study for a PhD in the field of automotive tribology.  After receiving his PhD in 2006, Peter was awarded a five-year Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship to continue his research in automotive tribology.  In 2011 he moved from the UK to San Antonio, Texas, where he established the Tribology Research and Evaluations Laboratory at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI).  Initially being automotive focused, the labs are now multidisciplinary and have tested for all clientele from deep sea to deep space. Peter is part of the Advanced Fluids for Electrified Vehicles Consortium recently started at SwRI.