Fundamentals of Tribology and Bridging the Gap Between the Macro- and Micro/Nanoscales

  • Bharat Bhushan

Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAII, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. History

  3. Adhesion and Friction

    1. Miquel Salmeron, Susanne Kopta, Esther Barrena, Carmen Ocal
      Pages 41-52
    2. R. Bennewitz, E. Meyer, M. Bammerlin, T. Gyalog, E. Gnecco
      Pages 53-66
    3. E. Meyer, R. Bennewitz, O. Pfeiffer, V. Barwich, M. Guggisberg, S. Schär et al.
      Pages 67-81
    4. S. Morita, Y. Sugawara, K. Yokoyama, S. Fujisawa
      Pages 83-101
    5. S. Morita, Y. Sugawara, K. Yokoyama, T. Uchihashi
      Pages 103-120
    6. Othmar Marti, Hans-Ulrich Krotil
      Pages 121-135
    7. J.W.M. Frenken, M. Dienwiebel, J.A. Heimberg, T. Zijlstra, E. Van Der Drift, D.J. Spaanderman et al.
      Pages 137-150
    8. U. D. Schwarz, H. Hölscher, W. Allers, A. Schwarz, R. Wiesendanger
      Pages 151-169
    9. J. Colchero, A. Gil, P.J. De Pablo, M. Luna, J. Gómez, A.M. Baró
      Pages 215-234

About this book


The word tribology was fIrst reported in a landmark report by P. Jost in 1966 (Lubrication (Tribology)--A Report on the Present Position and Industry's Needs, Department of Education and Science, HMSO, London). Tribology is the science and technology of two interacting surfaces in relative motion and of related subjects and practices. The popular equivalent is friction, wear and lubrication. The economic impact of the better understanding of tribology of two interacting surfaces in relative motion is known to be immense. Losses resulting from ignorance of tribology amount in the United States alone to about 6 percent of its GNP or about $200 billion dollars per year (1966), and approximately one-third of the world's energy resources in present' use, appear as friction in one form or another. A fundamental understanding of the tribology of the head-medium interface in magnetic recording is crucial to the future growth of the $100 billion per year information storage industry. In the emerging microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) industry, tribology is also recognized as a limiting technology. The advent of new scanning probe microscopy (SPM) techniques (starting with the invention of the scanning tunneling microscope in 1981) to measure surface topography, adhesion, friction, wear, lubricant-fIlm thickness, mechanical properties all on a micro to nanometer scale, and to image lubricant molecules and the availability of supercomputers to conduct atomic-scale simulations has led to the development of a new fIeld referred to as Microtribology, Nanotribology, or Molecular Tribology (see B. Bhushan, J. N. Israelachvili and U.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Bharat Bhushan
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Microtribology and Contamination Laboratory, Department of Mechanical EngineeringThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-6837-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0736-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2609
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