2018 STLE Tribology Frontiers Conference
The Drake Hotel Chicago
October 28-31, 2018
Chicago, Illinois (USA)

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 The Tribology Frontiers Conference (TFC) is where tribology researchers share their latest work and explore our science's role in solving tomorrow's key technical issues. Come visit one of the world's most exciting cities and join us for four information-packed days with tribology's top minds - you'll leave with a better understanding of how your company's products will fit into an ever-evolving technical future. More than 300 tribology researchers are expected to attend.

Join tribology researchers from more than 25 countries in North and South America, Asia, and Europe for the 4th Tribology Frontiers Conference (TFC) to be held October 28-31, 2018 at the historic Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago.  Co-sponsored by the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) and the Tribology Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the conference will feature four keynote speakers on areas at the forefront of tribological science and the popular technical sessions featuring submitted presentations from leading tribology researchers and institutions from around the world.

Message from the 2018 TFC Chair 

Dear Industry Professionals,

The 2018 Tribology Frontiers Conference Planning Committee is partnering with TLT magazine, STLE's monthly publication, to feature highlights from the 2016 TFC.

These papers were chosen by a committee comprised of some of our most distinguished and well-respected colleagues in tribology research. We then asked the authors of those papers to create abstracts of their work. These abstracts will be published monthly in TLT until the 2018 TFC.

The TFC differs from other tribology research conferences in that we have a very specific theme. All research is aimed at discovering the role tribology will play in solving tomorrow's most critical technical, environmental and societal problems.

After the TFC debuted in Chicago in 2014, STLE held TFCs in 2015 and 2016. While STLE is not hosting the TFC this year, as we are partnering with the Chinese Tribology Institute on the 2017 World Tribology Congress, we will again present the TFC in October 2018. We're returning to the historic Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago.

Registration for the 2018 Tribology Frontiers Conference will begin after the 73rd STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Minneapolis next May.

I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to the TFC Highlights Selection Committee for their selection of the best papers.

Enjoy the abstracts - and I'll see you in Chicago in October 2018.

Best regards,
Dr. David L. Burris

TFC Highlight Selection Committee

  • Gary Doll, University of Akron
  • Benjamin Gould, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Harman Khare, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ashlie Martini, University of California, Merced
  • Robert Jackson, Auburn University
  • Peter Jacobs, ExxonMobil
  • Tevis Jacobs, University of Pittsburgh
  • Bart Raeymakers, University of Utah 
2016 TFC Highlights 

  1. Shining a Light on the Tribological Rehydration of Cartilage by Axel Moore, Brian Graham, Chris Price and David Burris, University of Delaware
  2. Mechanics of Surfaces: A New Look at the Old Problem of Wear by Ramin Aghababaei (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), Derek H. Warner (Cornell University) and Jean-Francois Molinari (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne)
  3. Nanoscale Subsurface Imaging and Control of Friction using Ultrasonic Atomic Force Microscopy by Philip Egberts, Hossein Jiryaei and Seonghwan Kim, University of Calgary
  4. Dynamic Shear Force Microscopy as a Tool to Explore Molecular Mechanisms of Lubrication by Roland Bennewitz and Gunther Kramer, INM - Leibniz Institute for New Materials & Physics Dept., Saarland University  
  5. Measuring a Surface Film of Oil with Surface Continuous Wave Ultrasound by Prof. Rob Dwyer-Joyce, Leonardo Center for Tribology, University of Sheffield