Tribology OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Graduate Study Course on the Study of Tribological Systems

Published Jan 26, 2009

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Students taking the free 'Tribology' OpenCourseWare class offered by MIT will learn about the fundamentals of tribological systems, which are systems that have two or more bodies in relative motion. Specific topics discussed in class include friction and wear, boundary lubrication and solid-film lubrication. A background in mechanical engineering is required for the successful completion of this course.

Tribology: Course Specifics

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Tribology: Course Description

'Tribology' is taught by Professors Nam Suh and Dr. Nannaji Saka and is designed for students who are interested in learning about the basics of tribological engineering, which involves the relationship between two or more bodies that are in relative motion. Some of the specific topics covered in class related to tribological systems include delamination theory, the wear of polymers and composites, the physical characterization of surfaces and tool wear. The course also takes into consideration the relationship between macro-tribology and nano-tribology and the monitoring and diagnosis of wear and friction. Students will also examine case studies of particular tribological systems. Students will take an exam, complete homework assignments and read lecture notes and assigned texts.

Lecture notes, assignments and an exam are available for download for free online. If you are interested in taking this free course, please visit the tribology course page.

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