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Over a fourteen-year period Wedeven Associates, Inc. has participated in highly challenging R&D tribology projects in aerospace and other industries. The practical knowledge gained, along with the testing capability developed, has resulted in a unique approach to tribology development. Tribology is taught from a systems perspective - "Systematic Tribology". A one or two-day courses on this subject are periodically given at Wedeven Associates, Inc. For information and enrollment in the next course, please contact the company. The Systematic Tribology course is also given off site at customer locations.

This course teaches a systematic approach to the development and application of tribology technology, which has been developed through activities supporting aerospace, industrial and automotive industries. Complex tribology phenomena are reduced to easy-to-understand concepts for engineering application. This course explains lubrication and failure mechanisms controlling performance and it illustrates methods to assemble material and lubricant technologies for component function. An understanding of tribology as a system allows a functional integration of tribology technologies for the 21st century.

Course Outline

  Fundamental Mechanisms of Lubrication
Classes of mechanical contacts
Surface phenomena of mechanical contacts
The seven miracles of hydrodynamic and EHD mechanisms
Friction and traction
Pressure-viscosity characteristics
Video demonstration of EHD and surface film-forming mechanisms

  Failure Mechanisms
The structural elements of a tribo-system
Competitive and interactive modes of wear, scuffing and fatigue
Life and durability characteristics of bearing, gear and other components

  Concept of Systematic Tribology
Life and durability controlled by four interactive technologies
Topographical and chemical "run-in"
Pathways to failure
Explanation of wear and scuffing failure modes
Connecting the micro-world of tribology with engineering parameters

  Building Tribology Technology for the 21st Century
Status of lubricant and material technologies in practical systems
Performance and qualification of jet engine oils
Design by "capturing mechanisms"
Building the structural elements of a tribo-system
Case study
Compatibility of materials and lubricants and a systematic testing and development approach
Open discussion of topics of mutual interest

For more information, contact Wedeven Associates, Inc. (610) 356-7161