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Tribology on the Small Scale: A Bottom Up Approach to Friction, Lubrication, and Wear

C. Mathew Mate


Friction, lubrication, adhesion, and wear are prevalent physical phenomena in everyday life and in many key technologies. This book incorporates a bottom-up approach to friction, lubrication, and wear. This is done by focusing on how these tribological phenomena occur on the small scale — the atomic to the micrometer scale — a field often called nanotribology. The book covers the microscopic origins of the common tribological concepts of roughness, elasticity, plasticity, friction coefficients, and wear coefficients. Some macroscale concepts (like elasticity) scale down well to the micro- and ... More

Keywords: nanotribology, friction, lubrication, adhesion, wear coefficients, microscopic, roughness, elasticity, plasticity, friction coefficients

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780198526780
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198526780.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. Mathew Mate, author
Hitachi San Jose Research Center, California