Extreme Tribology: Fundamentals and Challenges, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Extreme Tribology

Fundamentals and Challenges, 1st Edition

By Ahmed Abdelbary

CRC Press

316 pages | 10 Color Illus. | 244 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-01-10
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Tribology is an unfamiliar term for many people, whereas it is encountered by all of us. It is the science of friction, lubrication and wear of moving solid components. The aim of Extreme Tribology is to provide a simple form of fundamentals along with the characteristics of tribological challenges in extreme working conditions. The first two chapters of the book offer a comprehensive review of the classical tribology of solid contacts, friction mechanics, wear mechanisms and lubrication techniques. These chapters are recommended for undergraduates and postgraduates studying tribology. In the following two chapters, the author discusses the main features of extraordinary conditions including, but not limited to, extreme environments, sliding severity and lubrication challenges.

The state-of-the-art researches on friction and wear under these extreme conditions are discussed extensively which will be of interest to researchers as well as postgraduate students. Chapters five and six discuss the development of solutions for extreme tribology, providing a complete overview to the various factors affecting tribo-systems in extreme conditions, and focusing on the recent progress in techniques used to control and reduce wear in such situations. In addition, tribology of automotive components is presented in chapter seven as tribological applications in practical situations. Chapter eight offers a basic understanding of the failure in tribological systems. The following two chapters explore current states and development trends in tribology of polymer composites and the emerging field of MEMS and NEMS with a special interest in the effects of environmental and working conditions. Diverse methods applied in predicting wear behavior by mathematical models, FE modeling and ANN approach are introduced in the last chapter. The book consists of eleven chapters and each of them is accompanied by relevant references.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Tribology


History of tribology

Development and future challenges in tribology

Knowledge of Tribology: Education, Publications, and Researches

Tribo-material Properties


Volume properties

Surface properties

Lubricant properties



Contact of solid surfaces

Theories of friction

Laws of sliding friction

Laws of rolling friction

Factors affecting friction and wear

Friction measurements

Frictional heating

Contact surface temperature

Measurements of contact temperature



Wear mechanisms

Wear-regime map

Generation of wear debris

Measurement of wear (Tribo-measurements)

Lubricants and lubrication


Types of lubricants

Fluid film lubrication

Gas-lubricated bearings

Solid film lubrication

Grease lubrication


Tribology of Polymer and their Composites


Wear of polymers

Friction of polymers

Severity parameter for friction and wear of polymers


Sliding mechanics of polymers

Wear and friction of polymer composites

Tribology of Automotive Components


Piston ring

Valvetrain mechanism

Crankshaft bearing

Clutches and brakes

Automotive lubricants

Friction and Wear in Extreme Conditions


Challenges in tribology

Friction and wear under extreme loads

Micro/Nano-scale friction and wear

Friction and wear at high temperatures

Friction and wear at low and cryogenic temperatures

Friction and wear at high speeds

Friction and wear under vacuum conditions

Wear in mining and mineral processing


Abrasion of concrete paver blocks

Lubrication and Coating Challenges in Extreme Conditions


Lubrication challenges

Coating challenges

Surface treatment challenges

Simulation and Modeling of Tribo-Systems


Equations and models

Finite element analysis (FEA)

Dimensional analysis

Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs)

Failures in Tribo-Systems


Bearing failure

Gear failure

Cam/follower failure

Wheel/rail failure

Failure of artificial joints

About the Author

Ahmed Abdelbary is a Chief Engineer and a tribology consultant working for the Egyptian Government. He holds a B.Sc. from the Military Technical College in Cairo, in 1994. He received his MSc and Ph.D., in 2003 and 2011 from Alexandria University respectively. Much of this work obtained a better understanding of the fatigue wear mechanism in polymers. His publications include a book titled Wear of Polymers and Composites (2014) and other several research papers in well-reputed engineering journals.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Design / General