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Course Overview

Tribology deals with friction, wear, and lubrication. This course will approach tribology in terms of both the science of basic mechanisms, and the technologies of design, manufacture and maintenance.

Course Texts

Amazon logo Suh, N. P. Tribophysics. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1986. ISBN: 9780139309830.

———. Tribophysics and Design of Tribological Systems. (Manuscript)


There will be two 1 1/2 hour examinations.


A set of homework problems will be discussed in class approximately every two weeks.

Term Paper

Students are required to write a term paper on a subject of their choosing, once approved by the instructor.

Grading Policy

Term Paper 60%
Homework 20%
Readings Discussion and Presentation 20%