By Brian Armstrong-Hélouvry (auth.)
It is my ambition in scripting this e-book to deliver tribology to the research of keep watch over of machines with friction. Tribology, from the greek for examine of rubbing, is the self-discipline that matters itself with friction, put on and lubrication. Tribology spans a superb diversity of disciplines, from floor physics to lubrication chemistry and engineering, and includes investigators in diversified specialities. The English language tribology literature now grows at a expense of a few seven hundred articles in step with 12 months. yet for all of this job, within the 3 years that i've been fascinated by the keep watch over of machines with friction, i've got yet as soon as met a fellow controls engineer who used to be conscious that the sphere existed, this together with many that have been fascinated about friction. during this vein i need to confess that, sooner than venture those investigations, I too was once unaware that an lively self-discipline of friction existed. The event sticks out as a mark of the specialization of our time. inside tribology, experimental and theoretical figuring out of friction in lubricated machines is definitely built. The controls engineer's curiosity is in dynamics, which isn't the significant curiosity of the tribologist. The tribologist is extra frequently desirous about put on, with recognize to which there was huge, immense growth - witness the various mechanisms which we purchase this present day which are lubricated as soon as basically, and that on the manufacturing facility. even though a secondary curiosity, frictional dynamics are observe forgotten via tribology.