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Engineering Tribology, Fourth Edition – Gwidon W. Stachowiak

Engineering Tribology, 4th Edition is an established introductory reference focusing on the key concepts and engineering implications of tribology. Taking an interdisciplinary view, the book brings together the relevant knowledge from different fields needed to achieve effective analysis and control of friction and wear.

Updated to cover recent advances in tribology, this new edition includes new sections on ionic and mesogenic lubricants, surface texturing, and multiscale characterization of 3D surfaces and coatings. Current trends in nanotribology are discussed, such as those relating to lubricants, coatings and composites, and geotribology is introduced.

Suitable as an introductory text, a refresher or an on-the-job reference, Engineering Tribology, 4th Edition is intended for final year undergraduate and postgraduate students in mechanical engineering as well as professional engineers. It is also relevant to those working in materials engineering, applied chemistry, physics and bioengineering.

  • Offers a comprehensive overview of the mechanisms of wear, lubrication and friction in an accessible manner designed to aid novice engineers, non-specialists and students
  • Provides a reader-friendly approach to the subject using illustrations to break down the typically complex problems associated with tribology
  • Includes end-of-chapter problems to test understanding


1. Introduction
2. Physical Properties of Lubricants
3. Lubricants and Their Composition
4. Hydrodynamic Lubrication
5. Computational Hydrodynamics
6. Hydrostatic Lubrication
7. Elastohydrodynamic Lubrication
8. Boundary and Extreme Pressure Lubrication
9. Solid lubrication and Surface Treatments
10. Fundamentals of Contact Between Solids
11. Abrasive Erosive and Cavitation Wear
12. Adhesion and Adhesive Wear
13. Corrosive and Oxidative Wear
14. Fatigue Wear
15. Fretting and Minor Wear Mechanisms
16. Wear of NonMetallic Materials
17. Future Directions in Tribology
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