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Engineering Tribology

Robert P. Jackson, PE

Engineering tribology is one of the most important fields of study for an engineering professional or engineering student. This may seem to be a fairly bold statement but, the lack of information relative to friction, wear, adhesion and lubrication can result in component pairs that will not survive calculated mean time to failure. Continued reliability of machine elements, in contact with each other, is dependent upon proper lubrication and proper design using materials suited for the specific application. Significant demands are made on mating components with heavier loads, difficult environmental conditions and greater life-expectancy. To achieve satisfactory results and minimize preventative maintenance frequency, the knowledge of tribology is an absolute must. The annual costs of improper design and lubrication is, by some estimates, $200 billion—and that is just in the United States of America. This course attempts to give the engineer, chemists, mechanical designer, etc the basic tools to satisfy “best practices” when designing machine components in contact with each other.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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