The study of friction, wear, and lubrication is of enormous practical importance, because the function of many mechanical, electromechanical, and biological systems depends on the appropriate friction and wear values. In recent decades, this field, termed tribology, has received increasing attention as it has become evident that the wastage of resources resulting from high friction and wear is greater than 6% of the Gross National Product. The potential savings offered by improved tribological knowledge are immense.
However, most engineers do not have a sufficient background in this area. For example, an undergraduate engineering student receives perhaps an hour of instruction in tribology. Moreover, most reference works of tribology provide little guidance to solving real-world problems.
This program presents current insights into tribology, focusing on such fundamental concepts as surface energy, elastic and elastoplastic deformation, micro-fracture, and surface interactions at the micro- and nano-scale. Special consideration is given to the application of fundamental knowledge to control friction and wear behavior through lubrication and the selection of materials and coatings in practical situations. Furthermore, modern experimental methods are discussed and several case studies are used to illustrate how fundamental tribology knowledge can be applied in the design of tribological components and systems.
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This course may be taken individually or as part of the Professional Certificate Program in Design & Manufacturing.
It is highly recommended that you apply for a course at least 6-8 weeks before the start date to guarantee there will be space available. After that date you may be placed on a waitlist. Courses with low enrollment may be cancelled up to 4 weeks before start date if sufficient enrollments are not met. If you are able to access the online application form, then registration for that particular course is still open.
- Describing surface topography, physico-chemical aspects of solid surfaces, and surface interactions
- Analyzing the mechanics of solid elastic and elastoplastic contacts
- Recognizing the laws of friction, mechanisms of friction, friction space, stiction, stick slip, and surface temperature
- Appreciating the various modes of wear: adhesive, delamination, fretting, abrasive, erosive, corrosive, oxidational (mild and severe), melt, and the wear-mechanism maps
- Identifying types of lubrication: boundary, solid-film, hydrodynamic, and hydrostatic lubrication
- Examining applications/case studies: sliding contacts, rolling contacts, bearing design, coating selection, and lubrication
- Exploring the design of tribological surfaces and how to troubleshoot tribology problems
- Surveying tribological testing devices and testing design
- Recognizing the seminal role that tribology plays in the satisfactory functioning of mechanical, electrical, electromechanical, and biological systems
- Appreciating of the importance of tribology in minimizing energy consumption, extending product life, and protecting the environment
- Understanding the laws, mechanisms, and models of friction, wear, and lubrication — spanning nano, micro, meso, and macroscales
- Appreciating that tribological properties are the properties of the system as a whole, not just of the individual
- Understanding the methodologies of design and troubleshooting tribological systems
- Understanding the protocols and procedures of accelerated and long-term tribological testing
Who Should Attend:
The program is intended for two kinds of participants: those who are active or intend to be active in research on some aspect of tribology, and those who have encountered practical friction and wear problems and wish to learn novel methods of solving them.
The course requires at least a bachelor's degree in engineering or physical sciences, including basic courses in mathematics, applied mechanics, materials science, physics, and chemistry. Some lectures introduce advanced concepts in these areas and in physical chemistry and thermodynamics. These will be reviewed where necessary to provide the required background. Industrial experience is preferred.
Laptops or tablets for are not required for this course, but are strongly recommended. Each participant receives digital and hard copies of the course lectures.
1 Preliminaries & Course Overview
2 Introduction to Tribology
3 Surface Topography & Surface Properties
4 Sliding Friction: Mechanisms & Models
5 Tribological Testing I: Theory
6 Tribological Testing II: Demonstrations
7 Friction of Undulating Surfaces
8 Sliding Wear
9 Abrasive and Erosive Wear
10 Wear of Ceramics and Brittle Materials
11 Case Studies I: Friction
12 Case Studies II: Wear
13 Wear of Polymers
14 Wear of Coatings
15 Surface Temperature
16 Wear-Mechanism Maps
17 Case Studies III: Wear
18 Case Studies IV: Wear of Polymers & Coatings
19 Liquid and Solid Lubricants
20 Boundary and Thin Film Lubrication
21 Fluid Film Lubrication
22 Case Studies V: Lubrication
23 EHD Lubrication: Gears and Rolling Element Bearings
24 Case Studies VI: EHD Lubrication
27 Prospect on Tribology: A Historical Perspective
Class runs 8:30 am - 5:00 pm every day except Friday when it ends at noon, followed by a farewell lunch.
Special events include: a networking reception Monday evening; a program dinner for course participants, their families, and faculty on Wednesday night; and a farewell lunch on Friday at noon. Evening activities and the lunch are included in tuition.
COMPRESSOR ENGINEER, THERMOKING CORPORATION
“A good practical overview of tribology. I didn't expect it to be as practical / real-world / valuable as it was. I expected it to be "in-the-clouds" mysterious as other triobologists I have come across have acted. I like the courage of the presenters defining what is known, what is estimated, and what is unknown. It has improved my view of tribology's legitimacy.”
CHEMICAL INSTRUMENTALIST, INTERLUB S.A.,MEXICO
“I learned a lot and realized that there is a lot more to learn and study about tribology. I came back with a lot of ideas for the company and my testing design.”
LEAD TECHNOLOGIST, TRIBOLOGY, DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE, CANADA
“An excellent overview of Tribology. A chance to ask questions and get answers on specific topics of interest. The ability to converse with industry professionals regarding very specific areas of knowledge.”
LUBRICATION ENGINEER, EATON CORPORATION
"Very effective. I came to the class with a problem I needed to start on without knowing where to begin. By day two of the class, I had a feasible idea and by day four I believe I have a solution to the problem. Now, I just need to prove my theory. My management will understand that this class was very valuable."
SR. COATING SPECIALIST, ROLLS-ROYCE
"Excellent program. Exceptional opportunity to learn from word-wide known tribologists."
ENGINEERING SPECIALIST, CATERPILLAR INC.
"Not only learned theories of tribology, but also the way of solving engineering problems. The instructors delivered very nice and well prepared talks. I would recommend this class to any of my colleagues in the tribological area."
SENIOR ENGINEER, SASOL SYNFUELS
"As a metallurgist, the chosen subject matter was applicable. I will be directly applying what I learned and use the handouts and textbooks as references for years to come."
STAFF ENGINEER, GOODRICH AEROSTRUCTURES
"This type of information and presentation is simply not available in the working world."
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO
"The experience was extremely positive, mostly because Drs. Saka and Suh are very good instructors. They know how to extract the essence, how to structure, and how to make sense of the multitude of information from a complex field."
ENGINEER, SATCON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
"Useful in understanding widely varying results obtained in practical wear applications and ways to avoid them."
GENERAL MANAGER-DIRECTOR, CUMMINS, ARGENTINA
"The top quality of the professors and lectures, the material, social events, overall organization and logistics were just outstanding!"
TECHNICAL CONSULTANT, AREVA NP
"The course was very good and well worth the cost and time to attend. The content was extensive and informative. The lecturers were impressive and highly knowledgeable in their fields. The social events (dinner and lunch) were superb and provided for wonderful personal and technical exchanges with the attendees and lecturers. I found the dialogue and questions in the classroom to be very interesting and engaging. The classroom accommodations were good and the refreshments provided were of good quality. The discussion of applications, case studies, and problem solving were of most interest."
Dr. Nannaji Saka is a former Research Affiliate and Principal Research Scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity at MIT. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering (First class Honors), a master's degree in Metallurgical Engineering, and a Doctoral degree in Materials Science and Engineering. Over the past three decades he has collaborated with Professors Ernest Rabinowicz and Nam P. Suh in research on a variety of tribological problems and phenomena.
Saka has co-authored over 100 technical papers in tribology, mechanical behavior of materials, and manufacturing processes. He has co-edited, with Professor Suh, the proceedings of an international conference on the Fundamentals of Tribology held at MIT. He holds seven U.S. patents on electrical contacts and chemical-mechanical polishing and has several patents pending. Over the years he has supervised 30 bachelor's, master's and doctoral theses, and has been a committee member for a dozen doctoral theses. He has been the principal or co-principal investigator of numerous projects sponsored by several government agencies (DARPA, NSF, ONR) and by many industrial firms (Control Data, DEC, Draper Laboratory, Hoya Electronics, Intel, New England Instruments, NGK, Omron, Pratt & Whitney, Semiconductor Research Corporation, SVG, Teradyne, and others).
Saka has been a member of ASME, ASM-International, STLE, ECS, AAAS, and Sigma Xi and has been an associate editor of the journal STLE Tribology Transactions and of the ASME press Series monographs Advances in Information Storage Systems. He has been a frequent reviewer of technical papers for STLE Tribology Transactions, Journal of Tribology/ ASME, Wear, and the Journal of Engineering for Industry/ASME.
Dr. Nam Pyo Suh was the 13th and 14th President of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He is also the Ralph E. & Eloise F. Cross Professor, Emeritus, MIT. He was the Head of Mechanical Engineering (1991-2001), Director of the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (1976-1984), and Director of the MIT-Industry Polymer Processing Program (1973-1984) at MIT. He was the presidential appointee in charge of engineering at NSF (1984-1988). He is the author of over 300 papers and seven books, and holds more than 70 patents, including those related to tribology, MuCell, the on-line electric vehicle (OLEV), and the Mobile Harbor (MH). He is the author of papers on the delamination theory of wear, genesis of friction, solution wear, and undulated surfaces. He is also the author of Tribophysics, The Principles of Design, Axiomatic Design: Advances and Applications, and Complexity: Theory and Applications. During his tenure at KAIST (from July 2006 to March 2013), its worldwide reputation increased from 198th to 63rd overall and to 24th in engineering and IT. He has received nine honorary doctoral degrees from four continents. He is the recipient of the 2009 ASME Medal, the 2006 General Pierre Nicolau Award, the National Science Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, and many other distinguished awards. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and a member of the International Advisory Board of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), and the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR). He is a member of the Board of Directors of Axiomatic Design Software, Inc., OLEV Technology, Inc., and Parker Vision, Inc.
Dr. Said Jahanmir is President and CEO of the MiTiHeart Corporation, a subsidiary of Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. (MiTi), where he serves as Vice President for Biotechnology and leads efforts on implantable blood pumps. Prior to joining MiTi he was associated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (1987-2002), where he served in several capacities including Leader of the Ceramic Manufacturing Group. He directed research activities that ranged from characterization of ceramic powders to assessment of mechanical properties of advanced materials. He also coordinated several international collaborations on standards activities. He served as chair of the Ceramic Machining Consortium that he established as a joint research program between NIST, industry, and academic organizations (1992-2001). Previous affiliations include the National Science Foundation (1985-1987), Director of Tribology Program; Exxon Research and Engineering Company (1980-1985), senior research engineer; Cornell University (1977-1980), Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering; University of California at Berkeley (1976-1977), Lecturer; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1975-1976), Instructor.
His research in tribology and machining of advanced materials is widely recognized in the scientific and engineering communities. He has published over 240 papers and reports related to machining of ceramics, mechanisms and mechanics of interfaces, wear and friction, boundary lubrication, and biotribology; and has given more than 300 lectures on these subjects. He has edited several books and conference proceedings on machining and tribology of advanced materials.
He has been active in technical and administrative committees and boards in several engineering societies and has served in several advisory groups in the federal government and universities. He was elected to chair the Gordon Research Conference on Tribology (1998). He is serving as founding Executive Editor for the Machining Science and Technology Journal. He is also active in local educational policy issues and served as President of Partnership for Educational Policy (2002-2003), a new organization formed to inform the public and policy makers on educational issues that have a wide reaching impact on K-12 education. He is an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University Delaware and Honorary Research Professor at Hanyang University in South Korea.
He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and has served in various capacities including Chair of the Research Committee on Tribology (1988-1990), Associate Editor of the Journal of Tribology (1990-1993), and Chair of the Tribology Division’s Executive Committee (1997-1999). He served as ASME’s Vice President for Research and Chair of the Board on Research and Technology Development (2001-2004). He also served as Technical Program Chair for the 2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, and General Chair for 2005. He is presently serving as Chair of the ASME Congress.
He was elected Fellow (1992) and Honorary Member (1997) of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) and served in various positions that included founding Chair of the Ceramics Committee (1988-1989) and Chair of the Fellows Nomination Committee (1997-1998). He is a member of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) and serves on the Industrial Liaison Committee, and is a member of the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps (ISRBP).
His awards include the ASME Mayo D. Hersey Award (2001), the Federal Laboratory Consortium Technology Transfer Award (2000), the STLE International Award (1997), and the ASME Dedicated Service Award (1995). He was honored as the Community Hero by the Montgomery County Civic Federation (1999) for his contribution to local educational issues. He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and American Men and Women of Science.
He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, magna cum laude, at the University of Washington (1971); and his master’s and doctoral degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1973 and 1976, respectively). He holds three U.S. and Canadian patents.
Dr. Nicholas X. Randall is a Chartered Engineer (CEng MIM) and holds a BSc. in Materials Science from Brunel University (London, UK) 1994 and a PhD from Neuchatel University (Neuchatel, Switzerland) 1997. His PhD Thesis, entitled “Development & Application of a Multi-functional Nanotribological Tool” consisted of developing the first combined system for nanoindentation and Scanning Force Microscopy (SFM). This system has now been commercially available since 1997.
From 1997 to 2002 he served as the Customer Services Manager with CSM Instruments in Switzerland. He was responsible for after-sales service, technical documentation, installations, training, and contract testing laboratory service. Currently he is the Vice-President of Business Development at CSM Instruments and was responsible for setting-up the U.S. subsidiary of CSM Instruments in Boston, MA. This office provides sales, support, and contract testing for North America, Canada, and Mexico.
Randall has published extensively in the field of surface mechanical properties testing, especially related to scratch (adhesion) testing, nanoindentation, and tribology testing. He is chairman of ASTM committee G02.40, responsible for developing tribological test standards for non-abrasive wear. He is currently writing a chapter on tribological testing of biomaterials for the forthcoming "ASM Handbook of Materials for Medical Devices," and is a member of MRS, ASM, ASTM, STLE, and The Institute of Materials (UK). He is a frequent reviewer of technical papers for Surface & Coatings Technology, Thin Solid Films, and Journal of Materials Research. He also runs a biannual course on Reliability and Test of MEMS and Microsystems as part of FSRM (Swiss Federation for Research in Microtechnology).
Dr. Vern Wedeven is the founder and President of Wedeven Associates, Inc. He received his BS degree from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, and holds BS and MSME degrees from the University of Michigan. He received a PhD from Imperial College, London. Wedeven continued his research activities in tribology at the NASA Lewis (Glenn) Research Center for 14 years with a focus on gas turbine lubricant evaluation and performance mechanisms. His career at NASA includes one year of aeropropulsion program planning and advocacy at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. Wedeven holds two patents on vapor lubrication and a tribology test machine and process patent. Wedeven is an active member of ASME, ASM, and SAE. He is a Fellow of STLE and recipient of the STLE International Award and Walter D. Hodson Award. Wedeven has written three book chapters on tribology. He is author of over 90 technical publications and teaches tribology classes for ABMA.
This course takes place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We can also offer this course for groups of employees at your location. Please complete the Custom Programs request form for further details.
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