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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

Are you interested in volunteering for the IET Tribology Network?

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)

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Most Recent Blog Posts

Myth breaker....Tribology is not the study of Tribes! Tribology encompasses the science and engineering of friction, lubrication and wear.  The Tribology Committee along with special guests explain more about Tribology via our video on IET.TV - What is Tribology? If you would like to learn more about Tribology please register for the ... read more...
Posted by Robert Allen on IET Tribology Network Nov 24, 2015 11:41 AM GMT
The IET Tribology Network Committee organises a programme of activities for IET members, engineers and members of the public. All of these events and activities are made possible by the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers. If you would like to know more about volunteering your time to help with our activities, please get in touch with any of the ... read more...
Posted by Robert Allen on IET Tribology Network Nov 24, 2015 10:38 AM GMT

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 (Issue 3)

The Journal of Bio- and Tribo-Corrosion (Springer) 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).

Specific topics include:
- Sliding wear, abrasion (including micro-abrasion), erosion, fretting, and fatigue interactions with corrosion
- Models and mechanistic maps
- Biological processes such as hip and knee joint wear, wear of dental materials, and wear of artificial heart vales
- Renewable technologies, such as wave, wind (including offshore), and tidal power
- Conventional energy, including nuclear, oil and gas, and combined cycle coal conversion
- Lubricants and tribo-corrosion interactions with lubrication, including bio-oils
- Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC)
- Case studies and rapid communications on hot topics

the 2nd issue of the Journal of Bio- and Tribo-Corrosion is out now and the online version can be accessed at the following link:

Benefits of publishing in this journal:
- Maximum visibility: Papers published in 2015 and 2016 - and that could include your paper - will be freely available online - an introductory offer to ensure high readership!
- Global reach: Your article gets the attention it deserves as it will be available on SpringerLink, our eContent platform. SpringerLink attracts over 50 million users at more than 15,000 institutions worldwide!
- Rapid OnlineFirst publication once your paper is accepted.
- Added bonus: The journal - and hence your paper - is automatically included in all license agreements Springer has with libraries world-wide for an introductory period of 2 years, at no extra charge to the libraries.
- User-friendly online submission via the state-of-the-art submission and peer-review system Editorial Manager.
- Book discount: As a journal contributor you are entitled to order Springer books at a special discount.

If you wish to submit a paper for the 3rd issue of the journal, please submit your work by Wednesday 15th July 2015. The papers can be submitted online using the following link:

Further information regarding the journal can be found at:

If you are considering submitting a paper to this journal, but your paper is not finalised yet, you could still let us know by return e-mail and providing a draft title and an expected submission date for your paper.

If you have any enquiries regarding your submissions and the journal please contact the Publishing Editor at Marta.Moldvai@springer.com or the Managing Editor at Shayan.Sharifi@strath.ac.uk.
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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 fields: friction, lubrication, and wear, and most work in tribology covers at least two of these.

The mission of the IET Tribology Network is to fulfil the IET’s mission in the field of Tribology, for the benefit of IET members, society and the environment. In particular, the IET Tribology Network works to increase awareness and understanding of Tribology and to increase the application of tribological principles across engineering industry.

Community Chairman:
Geoff Kermode

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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