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 (trī-bŏl′ə-jē, trĭb-)
The science of the mechanisms of friction, lubrication, and wear of interacting surfaces that are in relative motion.

[Greek tribos, a rubbing; see triboelectricity + -logy.]

tri′bo·log′i·cal (trī′bə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl, trĭb′ə-) adj.
tri·bol′o·gist n.


(General Physics) the study of friction, lubrication, and wear between moving surfaces


(traɪˈbɒl ə dʒi, trɪ-)

the study of the effects of friction on moving machine parts and of methods, as lubrication, of obviating them.
- tri•bol′o•gist,


the science and technology of friction, lubrication, and wear.
See also: Physics


The study of friction and lubrication between moving surfaces.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tribology - the branch of engineering that deals with the interaction of surfaces in relative motion (as in bearings or gears): their design and friction and wear and lubricationtribology - the branch of engineering that deals with the interaction of surfaces in relative motion (as in bearings or gears): their design and friction and wear and lubrication
mechanical engineering - the branch of engineering that deals with the design and construction and operation of machinery
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Tenders are invited for Renovation of B-Shed for Surface Engineering and Tribology Division in CMERI Durgapur
A numerical model to investigate the effect of honing angle on the hydrodynamic lubrication between a combustion engine piston ring and cylinder liner, IMechE Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology 225(7): 683-689.
Eurofins said it believes ANA's penetration into public mass transit sector represents a solid entry platform into industrial oil testing, as well as the wider market for tribology analysis.
They cover tribological materials: an ecosustainable perspective, preparation and tribology performance of biologically based ceramic particles from rice wastes, tribological behavior and tribochemistry of Ti3SiC2 in water and alcohols, modeling and analyzing the oil-film pressure of a hydrodynamic journal bearing lubricated by nano-based biolubricants using a D-optimal design, and the wear performance of polyester composite reinforced with oil palm seed fiber and aged in brake fluid solutions.
In close cooperation with lubricant users, the tribology experts of Kluber work on the systematic optimisation of lubrication processes in the plant.
Scientists and science historians have long known that the Italian polymath had conducted the first systematic study of friction - which underpins the modern science of tribology.
Adachi, "Running-in effect on the load-carrying capacity of a water-lubricated SiC thrust bearing," Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers J: Journal of Engineering Tribology, vol.
Dallas, Texas-based Celanese Corporation, a specialty materials and technology company, has released a global tribology product platform to meet the growing demand for high-performance materials for use in moving parts.
Using the new test method, RTP characterized the tribology of PC, acetal, ABS, PC/ABS, HDPE, and PBT.
He has been working in tribology for more than 15 years, and in 2013 was part of a team of researchers from the Concordia Hip and Knee Institute in Winnipeg when their paper on ceramic hip replacements won the Thomas Hawksley Gold Medal.
com)-- Pioneer Engineering, one of the leading and premier providers of reliability engineering and vibration analysis services and training, announces the addition of new comprehensive tribology and lubrication services and training course to their menu of reliability engineering and vibration analysis capabilities.
Neville's own background as an engineer is in tribology, the science of rubbing and friction and the effects on surfaces, originally in her case with particular application to oil and gas industry structures.