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Welcome to the IET Tribology Network

Tribology is the technology of physical interfaces in relative motion



The Tribology Network's Committee are looking for your thoughts on what you would like from this community. Please send your ideas to tribology@theiet.org

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We’re looking for passionate professionals who would like to join our team. If you are interested then please get in touch. Contact us.

For more information, please visit the TPN Volunteering page.

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Getting involved with the Tribology Network online, by viewing a video or engaging with an online discussion, counts towards your Continuing Professional Development. For more information click here.

Calling all Tribologists!
You don't need to be an IET member to join the Tribology Network. Simply click the Register button (on the right) and sign up MyCommunity - at no cost to you. It will only take a couple of minutes, then you'll be welcome to participate fully in this growing online community.
(If you don't see the Register button, you are already signed up with MyCommunity, and you should be able to join the Tribology Network directly)

Most Recent Blog Posts

I was sat on my sofa (jumping around every now and then) with a calculator in my hand..."how many points required now???"..."Come on England!!"..."one more try!!" In the end the Rugby Six Nations 2015 was won by 6 points!  Sorry if you were waiting to watch the highlights tonight! We can all remember moments ... read more...
Posted by Robert Allen on IET Tribology Network Mar 23, 2015 2:34 GMT
Bringing Tribology to life The science and engineering of friction, wear and lubrication – collectively known as Tribology – is fundamental to energy production, manufacturing, transport, healthcare and many other industries.   Tribology can be applied wherever there are mechanical interfaces in relative motion and there is a desire to ... read more...
Posted by Natalie Sullivan on IET Tribology Network Jun 20, 2014 4:35 BST

Featured tribology media

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IET Technical visit to the Tribology research group at Imperial
College, London

Speaker: Professor Hugh Spikes
14 December 2010

2010-12-14 | Power Channel

>> go to webcast >> recommend to friend


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The Scale of Tribology and Associated Cost Savings

Speaker: Robert Wood
26 November 2012

2012-11-26 | Power Channel

>> go to webcast >> recommend to friend


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Tribological Application in China and Green Tribology

Speaker: Professor Si-wei ZHANG, China University of Petroleum,
Chairman, Advisory Board of Chinese Tribology Institute
6 September 2009

2009-09-06 | Power Channel

>> go to webcast >> recommend to friend


The importance of tribology

10 June 2009

As part of his 88th birthday celebrations, the Duke of Edinburgh presented the Tribology Gold Medal at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Dr Colin Brown, director of engineering at the institution, defines tribology and explains what the prize is awarded for.

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Call for Papers - Journal of Bio- and Tribo-Corrosion, Springer - 2nd Issue

The 1st issue of the Journal of Bio- and Tribo-Corrosion is out now and the online version can be accessed at the following link:

The Journal of Bio- and Tribo-Corrosion publishes papers in all aspects of tribo-corrosion, ranging from biological environments, aesthetics, and bio-degradable materials to different fields of industry including (green) energy, mining, automotive and machinery. Rigorously reviewed research papers and reviews in the journal cover a broad range of subjects such as corrosion, tribo-corrosion of coatings and thin films, sliding-corrosion, fretting-corrosion, micro-abrasion-corrosion, tribo-corrosion models, bio-tribo-corrosion, surface engineering and materials, nano-corrosion, and surface modifications (nanotube and texturing).

Papers for the 2nd issue should be submitted by Tuesday 31st March 2015.

The papers can be submitted online using the following link:

Further information regarding the journal can be found at:
  • Posted Tue 10 Mar 2015 10:34 GMT

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More Information

Tribology is the science and technology of interactive surfaces in relative motion. It incorporates various scientific and technological disciplines such as surface chemistry, fluid mechanics, materials, lubricants, contact mechanics, bearings, and lubrication systems. It is customarily divided into three branches: friction, lubrication, and wear.

Community Chairman:
Mike Sheehan

MyCommunity Owner:
Geoff Kermode - gkermode@theiet.org

The IET Tribology Network is a partner organisation in UK Tribology. UK Tribology is a multi-institution collaboration designed to raise awareness of the subject and application of tribology; the study of interacting surfaces in relative motion or, in layman's terms: friction, wear and lubrication.


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Tribology overview
Tribology is the science and technology of interactive surfaces in relative motion.  An overview of the field of tribology can be found here.

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