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ME 472 - Introduction to Tribology

Last offered Spring 2022

Official Description

Friction, wear, and lubrication; engineering surfaces; surface properties and surface topography; Hertzian contacts and contact of rough surfaces; friction of surfaces in contact; wear and surface failures; boundary lubrication; fluid properties; hydrodynamic lubrication; elastohydrodynamic lubrication; bearing selection; introductory micro- and nanotribology. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours.

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Detailed Course Description

Friction, wear and lubrication; engineering surfaces; surface properties and surface topography; Hertzian contacts, and contact of rough surfaces; friction of surfaces in contact; wear and surface failures; boundary lubrication; fluid properties; hydrodynamic lubrication; elastohydrodynamic lubrication; bearing selection; introduction to micro/nanotribology. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing. 4 undergraduate hours or 4 graduate hours.

Designation: Elective course.

List of topics:

1. Introduction to tribology

2. Engineering surfaces

3. Contact between surfaces

4. Friction of surfaces in contact

5. Wear and surface failures

6. Boundary lubrication

7. Fluid properties

8. Hydrodynamic lubrication

9. Elastohydrodynamic lubrication

10. Bearing selection

11. Introduction to micro/nanotribology

12. Current research issues

13. Project presentations

TitleSectionCRNTypeHoursTimesDaysLocationInstructor
Introduction to TribologyGR37449LCD31000 - 1150 T R  1047 Sidney Lu Mech Engr Bldg Alison C. Dunn
Introduction to TribologyUG63829LCD31000 - 1150 T R  1047 Sidney Lu Mech Engr Bldg Alison C. Dunn