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24 Months

Conference Description

Tribology is the study of interacting surfaces in relative motion and encompasses the fields of friction, lubrication and wear. It impacts nearly every aspect of our daily lives and is essential to technological applications with moving parts. Tribology is by nature a highly interdisciplinary field. Researchers address atomic interactions at sliding interfaces and earthquake dynamics on tectonic faults. Applications include improving car engines, hip joints and cosmetics, shrinking devices to micrometer and nanometer scales, and expanding the range of temperatures, speeds, and chemical environments where devices operate. The Gordon Conference on Tribology has a long tradition of bringing together researchers with a wide range of backgrounds, techniques, and applications for lively discussions and exchange of new ideas on how to address the complex problems tribology presents.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Tribology" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2018 Tribology
Progress in Tribology at the Interface Between Disciplines
Jun 24-29 Bates College Ashlie Martini
2016 Tribology
Scientific Advancements for Critical Applications in Friction, Lubrication, and Wear
Jun 26 - Jul 1 Bates College Robert W. Carpick
2014 Tribology
Coupled Challenges at the Moving Interface
Jul 20-25 Bentley University Roland Bennewitz
2012 Tribology
Paths of Dissipation
Jul 8-13 Colby College Alfons Fischer
2010 Tribology
Challenges at the Buried Interface
Jun 27 - Jul 2 Colby College Mark O. Robbins
2008 Tribology
Advancing Interfacial Science & Engineering
Jul 6-11 Colby College Kathryn J. Wahl
2006 Tribology
Opportunities for Scientific and Technological Advancement
Jun 18-23 Colby College Tom Dickinson
2004 Tribology
Today's Problems & Tomorrow's Solutions: Challenging Our Needs in Tribology Research
Jun 27 - Jul 2 Roger Williams University Trevor Page
2002 Tribology
Paths of Least Resistance
Aug 4-9 Roger Williams University Irwin L. Singer
2000 Tribology
Bridging the Gap
Jul 2-7 Holderness School David A. Rigney
1998 Tribology Jun 28 - Jul 3 Holderness School Said Jahanmir
1996 Tribology Jun 30 - Jul 5 Holderness School Jorn Larsen-Basse
1994 Tribology Jul 3-8 Holderness School Traugott E. Fischer
1992 Tribology Jun 15-19 Holderness School Francis E. Kennedy
1990 Tribology Jun 25-29 Holderness School Herbert S. Cheng
1988 Tribology Jun 20-24 Holderness School Stephen Hsu
1986 Tribology Jun 9-13 Colby-Sawyer College Jerrold W. Kannel
1984 Tribology Jun 11-15 Colby-Sawyer College Lavern D. Wedeven
1982 Friction, Lubrication & Wear Jun 14-18 Colby-Sawyer College W.A. Glaeser
1980 Friction, Lubrication & Wear Jun 9-13 Colby-Sawyer College Ward O. Winer
1978 Friction, Lubrication & Wear Jun 12-16 Colby-Sawyer College Carleton N. Rowe
1976 Friction, Lubrication & Wear Jun 14-18 Colby-Sawyer College Elmer E. Klaus
1974 Friction, Lubrication & Wear Jun 10-14 Colby-Sawyer College Robert L. Johnson
1972 Friction, Lubrication & Wear Jun 26-30 Wayland Academy Bruce W. Kelley
1970 Friction, Lubrication & Wear Aug 10-14 Tilton School Frederick F. Ling
1968 Friction, Lubrication & Wear Jun 24-28 Proctor Academy Henry Gisser
1966 Friction, Lubrication & Wear Jun 20-24 Tilton School Douglas Godfrey
1964 Friction, Lubrication & Wear Jun 22-26 Tilton School J. K. Appledoorn
1962 Friction, Lubrication & Wear Jun 25-29 Tilton School Donald G. Flom
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