Computational Tribology
Simulating Physics

Nature is quantum mechanical, and UCSB/Google researchers are ready to study it with a nine-qubit array and the problem of many-body localization When does a metal stop being metallic? When do atoms start breaking the […]

Contact mechanics challenge
Computational Tribology
Contact mechanics challenge results

The Contact-Mechanics Challenge completed In late 2015 we posed the Contact-Mechanics Challenge. This has now been completed and the winner is—the field of tribology. BECAUSE TRIBOLOGY IS THE STUDY OF contacting bodies in relative motion, […]

Tribofilm Growth
Advanced Materials
Zeroing in on ZDDP tribofilm growth

Models for the stress-activated growth of tribofilms from ZDDP were modified to include wear. TWO RECENT CUTTING EDGE ARTICLES reported on work that showed the growth rates of tribofilms from ZDDP were accelerated by contact […]

modeling simulation front FEM
Computational Tribology
Say “modeling” not “simulation”

Richard M. Stallman, founder and president of the Free Software Foundation and founding father of the GNU Project, has a long been repeating “say GNU, not Linux” although he has not had much success. In the same sense, from this corner […]