Tribology is the science of interacting surfaces in relative motion. It derives from the Greek word tribos, meaning ‘rubbing’.

Graham Isaac, Visiting Professor at the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, University of Leeds, reviews resources on tribology from the IMechE Library. These comprise currently available classic and recent texts on the fundamentals, together with books on specialised applications. Members can follow the links to find out about accessing titles.

97814987529091. Lubrication Fundamentals, 2016

Covers the fundamentals of lubrication and lubricants including origins, composition, selection and manufacturing. Also covers key industrial applications. Aimed at those involved in the manufacture and development of lubricants and engineers who require specialist knowledge of lubrication technology.

2. Bearing Tribology, 2017978-3-662-53097-9

This book systematically covers the friction, lubrication, and wear of bearings. In addition, development trends of bearing tribology and the application of bearing technology to various industries (such as railways and aerospace) are considered.

The book comprises 10 chapters which cover mechanisms of friction and wear, lubrication in sliding and roller bearings, testing, fault diagnosis and monitoring of bearings, and tribology applied to major industries such as aerospace and automotive.

3. Tribology in manufacturing technology, 2013978-3-642-31683-8

This book is aimed at specialized tribology undergraduate engineering courses or postgraduate training together with manufacturing, materials, and mechanical engineers.

Comprises six chapters considering tribology when applied to cutting tools, machining, metal forming processes, hot rolling of steel strip, micro contact at interface between tool and workpiece in metal forming, coatings and their application in tribology.

4. Encyclopaedia of tribology, 2013978-0-387-92897-5

An encyclopaedia of tribology running to in excess of 4,000 pages giving definitions and explanations of tribological terminology and theory.

5. Introduction to tribology, 2013

Introduces the major developments in the understanding and interpretation of friction, wear and lubrication from a mechanical engineering, mechanics and materials science points of view. Gives overview of current applications of tribology to industry. Recent developments in nanotechnology and magnetic storage technologies are reviewed. The emerging field of green tribology and biomimetics are considered. 13 chapters. Aimed at senior undergraduates, post-graduates and engineers who are active in this field.

6. Principles and applications of tribology, 2013

Companion volume to that above provides the reader with a solid understanding of tribology which is essential to engineers involved in the design of, and ensuring the reliability of, machine parts and systems. It moves from basic theory to practice and offers detailed coverage of the mechanisms of material wear, friction, and all of the major lubrication techniques – liquids, solids, and gases – and examines a wide range of both traditional and state-of-the-art applications.

As in the ‘introduction’ volume, includes the latest breakthroughs in tribology including nanotechnology, green tribology and biomimetics. Aimed at senior undergraduates, post-graduates and engineers who are active in this field.

7. Modern tribology handbook, 20009780849384035

Comprehensive, two volume, 1600 page handbook of interest to engineers working in this field in both academia and industry. Published in 2000. Comprises four sections:

Macrotribology – covers the basic aspects of wear, friction and lubrication. Includes wear and friction simulation, wear measurement, lubrication and wear debris

Nanotribology – looks at advanced technique to study molecular scale tribology. Includes the use of computer simulations in tribology

Solid tribological materials – considers metals and ceramics, coatings, solid lubricants, self-lubricating films and self assembled monolayers

Tribology of industrial components and systems – includes industrial application of sliding and roller bearings, gears and seals. Covers tribological aspects of various major engineering applications as well as lesser known, newer technologies. Finally, there is a section on bearing performance considering such factors as reliability and failure.

8. Solving Tribology Problems in Rotating Machines, 20081666671-l

Practical handbook of specific interest to engineers working with rotating machines. Includes operative performance, reliability analysis, and causes and diagnosis of specific problems associated with different types of bearings.

9. Lubrication and Maintenance of Industrial Machinery: Best Practices and Reliability, 2008


A practical guide in the operation of industrial machinery aimed at engineers working in that field. Considers a wide variety of aspects of lubricants and lubrication including, storage, degradation and contamination, lubrication programme development, and recycling and environmental issues.

10. Tribology of Abrasive Machining Processes, 20121034448-l

This book is aimed at practising engineers and applies the science of tribology to improve the understanding of abrasive machining processes. Includes sections on wear mechanisms, applications of tools, materials, process fluids and tribochemistry.

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