Tribology Conferences / Events

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Lubrication, tribology and condition monitoring, conference and exhibition (LUBMAT 2018)
Jun 5 – Jun 6 all-day
Nordtrib2018, Uppsala, Sweden @ Uppsala University
Jun 18 – Jun 21 all-day

Nordtrib is a bi-yearly conference organized by our Scandinavian colleagues. Every 2 years one of the tribology research groups in Denmark, Norway, Sweden or Finland hosts the event. In 2018 it is Sweden’s turn!

Gordon Research Conference 2018: Tribology
Jun 24 – Jun 29 all-day

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 27, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Fatigue and Tribology: Mini Symposium, ESMC 2018
Jul 2 – Jul 6 all-day
10th European Solid Mechanics Conference
Mini-symposium title
3-13 – Fatigue and Tribology
Filippo Berto (NTNU), Michele Ciavarella (Politecnico di Bari), Daniele Dini (Imperial College London)
Mini-symposium description

Fatigue is an old problem, but still responsible for many unexpected failures, mainly because microscopic defects become critical in a relatively short time. The subject is relevant to modern technology and a wide range of industrial applications, such as additive manufacturing processes and new materials. Safe life, fail safe and damage tolerance are various approaches to deal with fatigue design.  Tribology, i.e. the study of rubbing interfaces, on the other hand, is a relatively new area, but has also crucial importance to limit damage occurring at the surfaces between interacting components, in the form of e.g. wear and contact fatigue.  The symposium will aim to receive contributions from the broad areas of solid mechanics, fatigue and fracture, and tribology, which target new methodologies and recent advances in these fields, with particular emphasis placed on the problems occurring at the boundary between those disciplines.

7th International Conference on Fracture Fatigue and Wear FFW 2018 @ Ghent University
Jul 9 – Jul 10 all-day

7th International Conference on Fracture Fatigue and Wear, 9-10 July 2018, Ghent University, Belgium

The seventh international conference on Fracture, Fatigue and Wear (FFW 2018) will be held in the city of Ghent, Belgium. The overall objective of the conference is to bring together international scientists and engineers in academia and industry in fields related to Fracture Mechanics, Fatigue of Materials, Tribology and Wear of Materials. The conference covers industrial engineering applications of the above topics including theoretical and analytical methods, numerical simulations and experimental techniques. One of the aims of conference is to promote cooperation between international scientists and engineers from a large number of disciplines, who are involved in research related to Fracture, Fatigue and Wear.

Electrochemical Methods in Corrosion Research 2018
Jul 22 – Jul 27 all-day

EMCR is an international conference about corrosion electrochemistry, held in various countries since 1982. The single-session format means you can catch all the presentations and not miss out on anything. The whole event is held at a single venue along with social events and accommodation, giving you plenty of time to get to know others in your field.

See further details on the webpage of the conference.

US Base Oils and Lubricants Summit
Aug 22 – Aug 23 all-day

US Base Oils & Lubricants Summit will be taking place in Des Moines, IA on 22nd – 23rd of August, 2018. The two day event will bring together professionals across the lubricant supply chain to address current industry issues, explore new opportunities and network with peers. As regulations on the quality of both heavy-duty and passenger car motors oils become more strict, professionals across the entire lubricant spectrum can feel the impact. Join us and learn how leaders from base oil producers, lubricant blenders, additive manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers are confronting these challenges and pushing the boundaries of what modern lubricants are capable of.

This two-day conference will offer excellent opportunities for you to network with your peers: CEOs, CIOs, CSOs, Vice-Presidents, Directors, and Senior Managers.

The event is host by ELM. A leading manufacturer of biobased greases in the US, ELM uses a unique patented microwaved-based grease process to manufacture biobased greases along with a wide array of liquid lubricants. Currently headquartered in an 87,000-sq. ft. facility in Grundy Center, Iowa, the company is privately owned and markets its products primarily via established petroleum lubricant manufacturers and distributors under private label and ELM brand: Currently ELM’s retail biobased lubricants and greases are marketed primarily under the UltraLube brand by Plews-Edelmann of Dixon, Illinois and can be found in most US based big box stores including Lowes and Home Depot. Other products with significant market reach are ELM’s biobased rail curve greases, wire rope grease, drill rod grease, automotive and truck chassis and bearing greases, food grade grease, elevator hydraulic fluid, lubricant/penetrant, universal tractor transmission hydraulic fluid, bar-chain lubricants, and full line of general purpose fluids used in metal cutting applications. Limited attendance visit. Space reserved on a “first come, first served” basis. Register now to reserve attendance at the site visit.

1st International Conference on Numerical Modelling in Engineering @ Ghent University
Aug 28 – Aug 29 all-day

The first international conference on Numerical Modelling in Engineering (NME 2018) will be held in the city of Ghent, Belgium. The overall objective of the conference is to bring together international scientists and engineers in academia and industry in fields related to advanced numerical techniques, such as FEM, BEM, IGA, etc., and their applications to a wide range of engineering disciplines. The conference covers industrial engineering applications of numerical simulations to Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, etc.

Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology @ Leeds Trinity University
Sep 4 – Sep 7 all-day

We are in an era of ‘data’; collection, management and storage of engineering system data is pivotal to the development of efficient systems. What this means for tribology is that there is an unprecedented demand, across engineering sectors (e.g. automotive, aerospace, mechanical), for real-time information on system performance. With such information the operation of many components can be adaptive, responsive and truly ‘smart’. In this Leeds-Lyon Symposium we will capture the exciting developments which cut across many tribological areas to create smart tribological systems. Offerings of original research are requested in (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • sensors and sensing approaches
  • real-time measurements of surfaces
  • data capture and processing in tribology
  • responsive/adaptive surfaces/interfaces
  • modelling of adaptive and responsive systems


These symposia are jointly sponsored by the University of Leeds (UK) and the Institut National des Sciences Appliquèes (INSA) de Lyon, Université de Lyon (France).  The inaugural symposium was held in 1974 and since then there has been an annual meeting in the month of September, the sponsoring Institutions acting as hosts on alternate occasions.  After 44 successful events, the symposium has become an established event in the international tribology calendar.  Each year the symposium provides an opportunity to tribologists and those working in related fields to discuss and assimilate recent advances of tribology and to exchange views and ideas on a broader basis.  The symposium will provide an excellent opportunity to look at tribology embedded in smart engineering systems and reflect on the future of some exciting tribology developments.

41st International Conference on Boundary Elements and other Mesh Reduction Methods
Sep 11 – Sep 13 all-day


The annual conference on Boundary Elements and other Mesh Reduction Methods (BEM/MRM) which started in 1978 is now in its 41st version, to take place in the New Forest, near Southampton (UK).

The meetings since 1978 have produced a collection of edited volumes in which the major developments in the field have been represented. This valuable series has been offered in digital form since 1993, with all papers available Open Access in the Wessex Institute’s eLibrary website (, where they can be easily accessed and downloaded for free.

Since starting in 1978 the Conference has attracted high quality papers that report further advances in techniques that reduce or eliminate the type of meshes associated with finite elements or finite differences, for instance.

Theoretical advances and new foundations have been requested at the Conference for more than 40 years, helping to expand the range of applications as well as the type of materials in response to industrial and professional requirements. This ability to evolve is reflected in the history of the Conference which has ensured the success of the meetings as well as the establishment of a community of stakeholders.

As design, analysis and manufacture become more integrated the chances are that the users will be less aware of the capabilities of the analytical techniques that are at the core of the process. This reinforces the need to retain expertise in certain specialised areas of numerical methods, such as BEM/MRM, to ensure that all new tools perform satisfactorily in the integrated process.

The maturity of BEM since 1978 has resulted in a substantial number of industrial applications which demonstrate the accuracy, robustness and easy use of the technique. Their range still needs to be widened, taking into account the potentialities of the Mesh Reduction techniques in general.

This well-established conference acts as a forum to discuss new ideas and critically compare results before the solution and tools are released to end users.

The meeting welcomes all stakeholders interested in the methods and particularly the participation of young researchers. Their new contributions have been the principal reason why the conference has continued to evolve.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics that can be presented at BEM/MRM 41.  Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Advanced formulations
  • Hybrid foundations
  • Advanced meshless and mesh reduction methods
  • Structural mechanics applications
  • Solid mechanics
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Electrical engineering and electromagnetics
  • Computational methods
  • Fluid flow modelling
  • Damage mechanics and fracture
  • Dynamics and vibrations
  • Engineering applications
  • Interfacing with other methods
  • Coupling with design and manufacturing
  • Solution of large systems of equations

Science of Wear: International Workshop
Sep 16 – Sep 20 all-day

Among the basic tribological phenomena of contact, adhesion, friction, lubrication and wear, wear remains the least scientifically understood. At the same time, wear remains one of the most important tribological phenomena in practice, affecting all aspects of our lives and current technologies. Our understanding of the fundamental processes of wear has been improving recently, due to new theoretical approaches, improved experimental techniques and rapidly growing numerical capabilities. It is felt that now it is the right time to revisit the subject of wear intensively, with a special focus on the understanding of physical mechanisms. The workshop “Science of wear” serves to survey the state-of-the-art in the field of wear research and to map out likely developments in the near future. From a technical point of view, three topics will be in the foreground:

– Interaction of plasticity and adhesion during wear

– Use of modern simulation techniques for prediction of wear

– Low wear conditions


·      Interplay of adhesion and plasticity in adhesive wear

·      BEM simulations of wear of heterogeneous media

·      Wear of functionally graded materials

·      Wear particles Emission

·      Fretting, fatigue, structural damping

·      Molecular dynamics simulations of wear

·      Wear of artificial joints and implants

·      Materials for tribological applications

·      Systems with minimal wear

·      Third body: modeling and simulations

Call for papers

If you are interested in participation, please submit an abstract in English not later than June 30, 2018 (preferably by e-mail).

ASIATRIB2018. The 6-th Asia International Conference on Tribology
Sep 17 @ 08:00 – Sep 20 @ 16:00

Asia International Conference on Tribology is an event in the series of International Tribology Conferences under the auspices of the Asian Tribology Council (ATC), including countries such as China, Korea, Japan, Australia, India, Malaysia and others.

POLYTRIB 2018: The 3rd International conference on Polymer Tribology @ Grand Hotel Bernardin
Sep 24 – Sep 25 all-day

The use of polymer materials in tribological contacts has increased rapidly in the past few decades. The demand for the polymer-based tribological contacts is evermore increasing, and this trend appears to hold in the future as well.


There are several aspects of polymer properties, production, design and use that could be further improved and tailored to achieve better friction and wear performance, which is the goal of this conference.

After the 2nd Polytrib conference held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2016, with more than 70 attendees from 18 countries, and more than half coming from industrial sector, the 3rd PolyTrib conference tends to bring together a broader range of participants in the whole exploitation chain, from the research and manufacturing to the sales sectors. The goal is to enlarge the audience and serve as a world-wide recognised event for exchange of knowledge in tribology of polymers, which is broadly lacking today.

The conference will welcome several distinguished invited keynote speakers, regular technical sessions, posters, exhibition and social events, with accompanying persons programme.

4th International Conference on BioTribology (ICoBT2018) @ Hyatt Regency Montreal
Sep 26 – Sep 29 all-day

The 4th International Conference on BioTribology (ICoBT 2018) will be held in Montreal, 26- 29 September 2018.

Biotribology plays an important role in many aspects of our everyday life, from the functioning of articular joints and the comfort of contact lenses to the behaviour of cells and the development of skin injury, such as blisters and bedsores. It is a multidisciplinary field which combines biology, materials, chemistry, surface physics, mechanics and medicine. The aim of the ICoBT meetings therefore is to bring together researchers from across the scientific, clinical and engineering spectrum, to promote communication across the different disciplines and to provide a platform for the presentation of new work in one meeting focused solely on Biotribology.

ICoBT 2018 builds on the successes of the previous three ICoBT meetings. Each meeting had a programme containing over 150 oral and poster presentations and was attended by over 200 delegates with a very diverse background. Sessions covered topics ranging from fundamental science to industrial and clinical applications. The fourth ICoBT will take us to the beautiful city of Montreal, where we introduce a new schedule to the conference, meaning that the meeting will start on the afternoon of Wednesday 26 September and run until midday, Saturday 29 September.

Contributions are welcomed from scientists, researchers, engineers and clinicians working in academia, industry and medicine on fields such as orthopaedic surgery, dentistry, biomechanics, biomaterials, soft matter, cosmetic chemistry, biophysics and biomimetics. The topic of research must be predominately tribology and include a biological surface as part of the interface (e.g. articular cartilage, skin) or have a direct impact on biological function (e.g. prosthetic joints, dental implants). Oral and poster presenters will also be invited to submit a full paper to a Special Issue of the journal Biotribology and participate in the ‘ICoBT 2018 Best Paper Award’ competition.


  • Medical and industrial applications of biotribology
  • Biomimetics: bio-inspired tribology; materials; complex fluids;
  • Biotribology testing and modelling: developing test methods; correlation with perception and customer experience; numerical methods
  • Prosthetic implants: materials and coatings; implant corrosion; synovial joint tribology; explant analysis;
  • Articular cartilage: mechanical and biochemical induced damage; modelling; lubrication mechanisms
  • Soft contacts: contact lenses; stents; bio-probes; cells and tissue interaction
  • Skin and personal care: creams and cosmetics; shaving products; hair conditioners; wounds and wound healing, haptics, tactile perception, toothpaste
  • Oral and dental tribology: tongue-palate interaction; ’mouth-feel’; food texture; multi-phase flow, tooth and implant wear; fretting
  • Biomaterials for tribology: artificial cartilage; meniscus; bio-scaffolds
  • Tribology in sports: equipment design and development; preparation, deterioration and testing of sport surfaces; grip; player interaction and gait analysis

90-th Annual Meeting of The Society of Rheology
Oct 14 – Oct 18 all-day

The Annual Meeting of The Society of Rheology is held in mid-October. The meetings ordinarily last three to four days and are open to both members and non-members. Every effort is made to stimulate and encourage fruitful discussion during the technical sessions, with 25 minutes normally allotted to the presentation and discussion of each paper. There are normally no more than four simultaneous sessions, and the program includes plenary lectures, special symposia, informal evening discussions, and instrument exhibits. A banquet is held to honor the recipients of the Society’s awards: the Bingham Medal, the Journal of Rheology Publication Award, and the Distinguished Service Award, all for outstanding contributions to rheology. The Annual Meeting for those years during which an International Congress of Rheology occurs (2004, 2008, etc.) is held early in the following year (except when the ICR is held in the United States).

2018 STLE Tribology Frontiers Conference
Oct 28 – Oct 31 all-day

The Tribology Frontiers Conference (TFC) is where tribology researchers share their latest work and explore our science’s role in solving tomorrow’s key technical issues. Come visit one of the world’s most exciting cities and join us for four information-packed days with tribology’s top minds – you’ll leave with a better understanding of how your company’s products will fit into an ever-evolving technical future. More than 300 tribology researchers are expected to attend.

Tribology for mechanical engineering: Tribomash 2018
Nov 19 – Nov 21 all-day


dedicated to the 80th anniversary of IMASH RAN

19-21 November 2018,

Russia, Moscow, Bardina str., 4. 

Mechanical Engineering Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences 

Topics of the Conference

  1. Fundamental problems of Tribology
  2. Lubrication and lubricants
  3. Design and calculations of friction units
  4. Tribological materials science
  5. Tribodiagnostics and tribomonitoring
  6. Environmental problems of Tribology
  7. Biotribology
  8. Micro and nanotribology

Key Dates

  • 16 April 2018 – Registration form submission
  • 13 August 2018 – Submission of papers
  • 1 November 2018 – Presentation of Program
  • 19-21 November 2018 – Conference

8th International Forum in Tribochemistry
Sep 12 – Sep 14 all-day

“Tribochemistry Hakodate 2019” will be held on September 12 (Thu.) – 14 (Sat.), 2019 in the Hotel Takubokutei, in Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan. It will be held as a satellite forum of ITC-Sendai.This is the 8th international forum on tribochemistry organized by the Tribochemistry Technical Committee, Japanese Society of Tribologists (JAST).This international forum on tribochemistry has been held as a satellite forum of ITCs and WTCs since 1995: 1) 1995 in Tokyo, Japan, 2) 2000 in Tsukuba, Japan, 3) 2005 in Nara, Japan, 4) 2009 in Kyoto, Japan, 5) 2011 in Hagi, Japan, 6) 2013 in Lyon, France, and 7) 2015 in Nikko, Japan.
This forum will also be held under the cooporation of the Research Association for Computer Application to Catalysis, Catalysis Society of Japan (CatSJ). It will offer invited and contributed presentations in oral and poster sessions. Those who present a paper are requested to submit an abstract by February 28, 2019 in online via the website (under construction). Participants are also encouraged to take part in the ITC-Sendai which will be held in Sendai after the satellite forum on September 16 (Mon.) – 21 (Sat.), 2019. You will enjoy the forum, the historical heritages and the nature of Hokkaido.

International Tribolgy Conference Sendai 2019 @ Sendai International Center
Sep 17 – Sep 21 all-day