Readings will come from a set of assigned papers and from chapters in the course textbook.

Assigned Papers

These readings are assigned as examples of research publications in the field, and will be discussed in class.

Lim, S. C., and M. F. Ashby. “Wear-Mechanism Maps.” Acta Metal 35, no. 1 (1987): 1-24.

Rha, J. J., S. C. Kwon, J. R. Cho, W. Yim Shon, and N. Saka. “Creation of Ultra-Low Friction and Wear Surfaces for Micro-Devices Using Carbon Films.” (PDF)

Suh, N. P., and S. T. Oktay. “Wear Debris Formation and Agglomeration.” Journal of Tribology 114 (April 1992): 379-393.

Textbook Readings

The readings in this table are from the course textbook: Suh, N. P. Tribophysics. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1986. ISBN: 9780139309830. Students also read sections of Prof. Suh’s new book manuscript on tribology.

LEC # TOPICS readings
1 Introduction to Tribology Chapter 1
2 Introduction to Tribology (cont.) Chapter 1
3 Chemical and Physical State of the Solid Surface Chapter 2
4 Friction Chapter 3
5 Lab: Friction Measurement  
6 Analysis of Large Plastic Deformation of Elasto-plastic Solids Chapter 3, Appendix A
7 Introduction to Wear Chapter 5
8 Response of Materials to Surface Traction Chapter 4
9 Wear Mechanisms Chapter 5
10 Exam 1  
11 Boundary Lubrication  
12 Boundary Lubrication (cont.)  
13 Hydrodynamic Lubrication  
14 Design of Pin Joints and Electrical Connectors  
15 Design of Cutting Tools  
16 Introduction to Axiomatic Design  
17 Design of Low Friction Surfaces  
18 Design of Seals  
19 Friction and Wear of Polymers and Composites Chapter 6, Chapter 9
20 Solution Wear Chapter 8
21 Temperature Distribution Chapter 8, Appendix C
22 Erosive Wear Section 4.2, 7.4
23 Exam 2  
24 Nano and Micro-tribology  
25 Term Paper Presentations  

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