The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) — the technical society for individuals in the field of tribology and lubrication engineering — is pleased to announce a new, free podcast series titled “Perfecting Motion: Tribology and the Quest for Sustainability.”
The series is hosted by Neil Canter, Ph.D., STLE advisor, technical programs and services and Tribology and Lubrication Technology (TLT) writer. Content will feature insights from leading industry professionals about some of today’s most important issues and trends impacting the global tribology and lubricants community.
In the introductory podcast, Canter discusses a series of technological developments that illustrate how tribology and lubrication can help address the threat of global warming and promote the movement toward sustainability.
“Tribologists are working on new approaches for further reducing friction and wear that will hopefully improve the efficiency of internal combustion engines, leading to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and an improvement in sustainability,” says Canter. “Current research seeking to achieve this objective will be covered in future podcasts.”
The second podcast will focus on tribochemistry and will include interviews with STLE board members, Kuldeep Mistry, Ph.D. (The Timken Company) and Nic Argibay, Ph.D. (Sandia National Laboratories). Canter says, “Tribochemistry explores the reactions that can occur between lubricants and surfaces under boundary lubrication conditions where there is little room between the two. Research is ongoing to determine how specific lubricants can react with surfaces under these severe conditions to produce materials, such as diamond-like carbon (DLC), that have the potential to achieve superlubricity where coefficient of friction values are below 0.005.”