1st Edition

Tribosystem Analysis A Practical Approach to the Diagnosis of Wear Problems

By Peter J. Blau Copyright 2016
    208 Pages
    by CRC Press

    208 Pages 12 Color & 70 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    208 Pages 12 Color & 70 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Tribosystem Analysis: A Practical Approach to the Diagnosis of Wear Problems provides a systematic framework for conducting root cause analyses and categorizing various types of wear. Designed specifically for engineers without formal training in tribology, this book:

    • Describes a number of direct and indirect methods for detecting and quantifying wear problems

    • Surveys different microscopy techniques, including those for light optics, electron optics, and acoustic imaging

    • Discusses the selection of wear and friction test methods, both standard and custom, identifying possible pitfalls for misuse

    • Presents practical examples involving complex materials and environments, such as those with variable loads and operating conditions

    • Uses universally accepted terminology to create consistency along with the potential to recognize similar problems and apply comparable solutions

    Complete with checklists to ensure the right questions are asked during diagnosis, Tribosystem Analysis: A Practical Approach to the Diagnosis of Wear Problems offers pragmatic guidance for defining wear problems in the context of the materials and their surroundings.

    What Is a Tribosystem? How Wear Problems Reveal Themselves. Types of Surface Damage and Wear. Tools for Imaging and Characterizing Worn Surfaces. The Tribosystem Analysis Form. Wear Problem Solving—The Next Steps.


    Peter J. Blau, PhD, is currently the co-editor-in-chief of Wear journal and a consultant in tribology. He earned BS and MS degrees in metallurgy and materials science from Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) and a PhD in metallurgical engineering from The Ohio State University (Columbus). His professional career began as a coinvestigator under NASA’s lunar sample examination program. Since then, he has spent nearly 40 years in basic and applied research and has held positions at the U.S. Air Force Materials Laboratory, the National Institute for Standards and Technology, the U.S. Office of Naval Research, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. A long-standing contributor to the International Conferences on Wear of Materials, he is a past conference chair and editor of several proceedings volumes. In 2011, the Wear of Materials Steering Committee established the Peter J. Blau Best Poster Award to be presented at each conference. Dr. Blau’s work has earned his election as a fellow of three societies: ASM International, ASTM International, and the STLE. He also coholds several patents and R&D 100 Awards. In addition to this book, Dr. Blau has authored or coauthored books on microindentation hardness, friction, and wear. In the early 1990s, he worked with ASM International to develop the first ASM Metals Handbook volume devoted to friction, wear, and lubrication. Since 1979, he has participated in ASTM Committee G02 on Wear and Erosion, serving two terms as its chairman and also as chairman of Subcommittee G02.91 on Terminology. In addition, he has led and participated in the development of four standard test methods. Dr. Blau served as leader of the Tribology Research User Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and as a principal investigator for more than 26 years. Since leaving Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2013, he has been active in technical editing, writing, and consulting.

    "… an extremely methodical and comprehensive approach for addressing tribological issues. … an excellent reference."
    —Donald Smolenski, Evonik Oil Additives USA, Inc., Grosse Pointe, Michigan

    "Peter Blau has the ability to take the sometimes hopelessly complex and sort it out into a very logical pattern that can be readily understood. This is another book of his that does that. … This book reviews the types of wear and various tools available to detect it and then elegantly describes an analysis regiment to make sense of the collected data. This is followed by several real-world problems that were resolved by the methodology."
    —Robert M. Gresham, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

    "The book concentrates on a clear, practical, comprehensive interpretation of how wear- or friction-related technical problems arise and what methods can be used to identify and observe wear. Blau is well known in the wear community, most recently as the coeditor of Wear, one of the leading journals in the field. The highlight of the book is the development of tribosystem analysis, an engineering approach used to interpret evidence of wear. In the engineering world, friction and wear are omnipresent problems that all engineers have to address. This book can be read by an engineer with an undergraduate or an associate’s degree and, preferably, a few years of experience. The book concentrates mostly on metals and less on brittle materials, such as glasses, ceramics, coatings, and polymers. Wear is obviously detrimental, but, from the point of view of material removal, it is an important manufacturing approach, for example in grinding, finishing, and polishing. Such intended material removal aspects are not included in the book. The references at the conclusion of each chapter, though not exhaustive, are an excellent starting point to delve further into the subject."
    CHOICE, January 2017

    "The book