Tribology and Mechanical Testing Webinars

Tribology 101 – Introduction to the Basics [2021]

In the first installment of our Tribology Basics series, guest presenter Steve Shaffer, Ph.D. — President of Shaffer Tribology Consulting — provides an introduction to key tribological considerations for product and experimental design.
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This webinar focuses on practical considerations for the effective design and implementation of tribology processes.

Learn the basics of tribological design and application for the study of friction, wear, and lubrication.

  • Understand key tribological considerations (such as surface roughness, material compatibility, contact stresses, etc.) for product and experimental design
  • Receive practical guidance for successful tribological evaluation
  • Apply your findings to make the correct materials choices, predict the lifetime of a component or system, choose the correct lubricant or coating for a given application, or solve post-production tribological issues


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Learn About Tribology in the Study of Friction, Wear, and Lubrication

Presenter's Abstract:

Compared with other engineering or physical science disciplines, tribology could very well be the most interdisciplinary subject known. Based on the Greek root “tribos”, meaning to rub, tribology is the field of, or study of things which rub, often referred to as the study of friction, lubrication and wear. From automobile engines to wind turbines to cosmetics to prosthetic hip implants to seals to brakes, just about everything which comes in contact with another object has some tribological considerations in its design, manufacture and use. As such, the ideal tribologist would have studied Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and even Biology. Unfortunately, many a fine engineer or researcher in one particular field does not have the complementary education or experience needed to solve tribological problems once they occur, or prevent them from occurring in the early design stages. How often has the choice of materials or lubricants based on one design criterion, such as corrosion resistance, resulted in a failed mechanism or function?

This seminar, the first in a series of Tribology Basics, will be an introduction aimed at providing mechanical engineers and other researchers in any of the above-mentioned fields an overview of important tribological considerations (such as surface roughness, material compatibility, contact stresses, etc.) required for designing or manufacturing products, or designing of tribology experiments. It will conclude with an overview of how tribological evaluation and testing under the proper conditions can guide them to the correct materials choice, help them predict the lifetime of a component or system, choose the correct lubricant or coating for a given application, or to solve a tribological issue which has arisen in the subsequent release of a product.

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Dr. Steve Shaffer, Ph.D., President Shaffer Tribology Consulting

STC, in conjunction with BrukerNano Surfaces, is pleased to announce a 6-part Webinar Series by Steve Shaffer, Ph.D., Senior Tribologist and President of Shaffer Tribology Consulting; Former Chairman of the International Wear of Materials Conference; Former Chairman of ASTM G02 Committee on Wear and Erosion; Former Guest Editor for the journal Wear and Associate Editor for the journals Tribology Transactions, Journal of Testing and Evaluation, Tribology and Lubrication Technology.