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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.
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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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Release date- 30072019 - Southwest Research Institute recently added an additional single cam rig (SCR) to its considerable array of tribology testing equipment.
Volume 18 of the ASM handbook series provides professional insight on the tribological properties of materials, methods of laboratory testing and analysis, the materials selection process, and field diagnosis of tribology problems.
Gregory Sawyer, "Environmental dependence of ultralow wear behavior of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and alumina composites suggests tribochemical mechanisms," Tribology International, vol.
The project was also supported by the Tribology Science Fund of the State Key Laboratory of Tribology (Grant SKLTKF17B11).
Majumdar, Introduction to Tribology of Bearing, Wheeler publishers, Wheeler Co.Ltd, 1985.
The port plate pair is an important friction pair of the axial piston pump/motor, and friction and wear are the leading causes of its failure; for this reason, the port plate pair's tribology performance is a research hotspot [1, 2].
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.
Harvey, "Hydrodynamic lubrication of textured surfaces: a review of modeling techniques and key findings," Tribology International, vol.
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. However, they did not know when and how his earliest experiments in friction started.