FLEXNet: Materials Tribology

FLorida Engineering eXperiment Station Network (FLEXNet) - Professional Education Course


Materials Tribology

Materials Tribology is an area of research that focuses on measuring and modeling the origins of friction and wear, which is a universal occurrence within systems containing moving assemblies of contacting materials.  All designs with moving assemblies involve friction, lubrication, and wear.  This 10 hour course examines the fundamentals of tribology for use in mechanical design and materials development.

Course Information

All course video lectures for this professional development course are delivered online, and are accessible an unlimited number of times for 1 month following registration.  Videos are located in the 'Videos' tab on the left side of this page.

Course slides are downloadable (located in 'Files' tab on the left side of this page). 

No travel is required for participation in this online professional Materials Tribology course, and you can begin anytime.

Course Video Lectures

1. Brief History, Economics, & Fluid Mechanics, 2. Tribotesting, Tribometers, & Uncertainty, 3. Rough Surfaces, 4. Contact Pressures - Hertzian Contacts, 5. The Real Area of Contact, 6. Simple Friction Models: Asperity Interactions, 7. Coatings, Thin Films, and Tribofilms, 8. Simple Wear Models and Wear Rates, 9. Delamination and Tribocorrosion, 10. Thermal Modeling, 11. Flash Temperature and PV Limits, 12. Materials: Metal, Ceramics, & Polymers, 13. Solid Lubricants, 14. Composites, 15. BioTribology

Contact Information

Course Instructor

  • Professor W. Gregory Sawyer
  • Dept. of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering
  • University of Florida
  • wgsawyer@ufl.edu (curriculum questions)