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Tribology and Tribomaterials in Extreme Environments

Call for Papers

Global megatrends such as sustainable development, circular economy, and resource efficiency are affecting all industrial sectors and often result in demands for increased productivity and performance. Examples where these trends are observed can be found in manufacturing industry (high-speed machining, hot forming, sheet metal forming of high-strength steels for automotive industry, etc.) and other engineering applications (wheel-rail interaction in high-speed railway, wear in rock drilling, dry friction in space devices and high-vacuum equipment, etc.).

To meet such demands, new products and processes are required to have higher energy efficiency, longer service life, and higher power density. Additionally, demands and regulations to minimize environmental impact must be met, which, for example, means that the use of lubricants must be reduced. This results in harsh operating conditions, which introduce high demands for improved tribological performance of the materials and components to enable increased productivity and performance. Understanding the friction and wear mechanisms and assessment of tribological performance of materials and components in extreme environments is therefore an important factor in development of future high-performance mechanical systems.

This special issue welcomes novel research articles related to design- and materials-related aspects of the tribological behavior of materials in extreme environments. Full-length and review articles related to recent progress, testing, and characterization of materials under high pressure and temperature, dry contact, deficient lubrication, and so on are welcome.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • High-temperature tribology and high-temperature lubrication
  • Tribology in cutting operations and wear of coatings
  • Tribology in sheet metal forming
  • Wear of tools and components in rock drilling operations
  • Clutches and breaks
  • Friction and wear under vacuum
  • Novel microscopy and surface analysis techniques aimed for characterization of tribosurfaces
  • Modelling of friction and wear mechanisms

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 9 November 2018
Publication DateMarch 2019

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

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