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March 2015 (No.199)


  1. 2014 Tribology Gold Medal Awarded to Prof Gwidon Stachowiak

The 2014 Tribology Gold Medal has been awarded to Prof Gwidon Stachowiak in recognition of his outstanding contribution to tribology, in particular for his services to industrial tribology, bio-tribology and education.


Picture: Prof Gwidon Stackowiak


Gwidon Stachowiak graduated in 1972 from Poznan University of Technology with a Masters degree in Science and Engineering, this study was followed by a PhD.  In 1981 he obtained a DIC and his second PhD from Imperial College London.  In 1984 Professor Stachowiak established the first Tribology Laboratory in Western Australia, initially focussing on the tribological characteristics of structural ceramics developed by CSIRO. Later he and his team developed comprehensive methods for the morphological characterisation of wear particles. More recent work in the field of bio-tribology has successfully linked the shape of wear particles with the severity of osteoarthritis the operation of synovial joints and contributed to the prediction of the onset of the disease and effective preventative measures.

In recognition of his work Professor Stachowiak has received many awards and recognitions including the 75th Anniversary Research Award, University of Western Australia (1991), the George Julius Medal of the Institution of Engineers, Australia (1992 and 1996) and Honorary Doctorate from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon (2011).

The full citation is reproduced in the appendix to this Newsletter.

  1. Details of Argentinian Committee

Argentina was elected as a full member of the ITC at the 21st ITC “In Session” meeting on the eve of the 5th World Tribology Congress in Turin. The Argentinian  Association board comprises:


President                          Ing. Jose Luis PIÑA

Vice President                  Ing  Ángel Oscar ENTIN

Secretary                          Ing. Walter Roberto TUCKART

Treasurer                          Ing. Roberto Joaquín LEONETTI

Member                            Ing. Esteban LANTOS

Member                            Ing. Jorge Alberto MAURINO

Member                            Ing. Germán Prieto

Auditor                              Ing. Mario Roberto ROSENBEGER

Auditor                              Ing. Carlos ROMANO


We wish the Argentinian Association our warmest welcome, they can be contacted at:


Asociación Argentina de Tribología

Av. Alem 1253 Bahía Blanca (8000)

Pcia. de Buenos Aires



Email: aatribologia@gmail.com

Web: www.aatribologia.com.ar


  1. New Arrangements for Belgium

Following correspondence we confirm that the National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, which is a committee of The Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium, will take over BSMEE's position as the member organization of ITC. The Vice-President will be Prof. Patrick De Baets, of Ghent University, who is appointed by National Committee for Theoretic and Applied Mechanics. Corresponding Members are: Prof. Jean-Pierre Celis, of the University of Leuven and Prof. Jean-Luc Bozet, of the University of Liège.

  1. Special track to honour Prof Nam Suh at IMECE 2015

A special track to honor US tribologist Prof. Nam P. Suh will part of the 2015 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Expo (IMECE) to be held in Houston, TX on 13th – 19th November 2015.  The track will be called “Advances in Multidisciplinary Engineering.”  Further details can be viewed at: http://www.asmeconferences.org/imece2015/CallForPapersDetail.cfm

The ASME Congress is an international event covering a very wide range engineering topics and usually attracts up to 2,000 papers with 4,000 presentations being accompanied by many social events.  


  1. Integrated Doctoral Training Centre for Tribology Announced for UK

Centres for tribology research at Sheffield University and Leeds University in the UK will work together to create a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Integrated Tribology under funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).  The grant from the EPSRC of £3.75 million will be supported by an investment from industry of £2.2 million and a further £2.4 million coming from the Universities.


  1. Dr Bharat Bushan Recognised by STLE

Dr Bharat Bhushan was awarded the 2014 STLE International Award by the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) at a ceremony during May 2014 at Lake Buena Vista, Florida.


Picture: Dr Bharat Bhushan with STLE President Rob Heverly

The lifetime award recognizes Dr Bhushan's outstanding contributions to tribology and its related sciences reflecting his many achievements in fields ranging from automotive, aerospace, hard disk and tape drives, beauty care (hair and skin), nanotechnology, bio/nanotechnology and bio-mimetics across his 44 years in the profession. It is Society's highest technical honour and lifetime honorary membership has been bestowed on Dr Bhushan.


  1. Tribologists honoured by Italian President

The President of the Republic of Italy has conferred the decoration of “Commendatore al Merito della Republica Italiana” on Prof Ing Enrico Ciulli and Prof Ing. Terenziano Raparelli. The ITC offer their warmest congratulations on the Presidential acknowledgement of their valuable service to tribology in engineering and industry which include their contributions to the organisation of the successful and highly acclaimed fifth World Tribology Congress held in September 2013 in Turin.


  1. Developments in South Africa

President of the South African Institute of Tribology David Beard has been succeeded by Mr Thomas Surmon, who previously acted as a member of the Executive Committee for some years as Treasurer. Mr Surmon will oversee the 11th International Tribology Conference “Tribology 2015” in South Africa which will be held next year from 10th – 12th March in Pretoria. Guest Speakers at the conference include the 2014 Tribology Gold Medalist Prof Gwidon Stachowiak.


  1. International Federation for Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering (IFHTSE) Newsletter

ITC members are invited to read the latest bulletin of the International Federation for Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering: http://www.ifhtse.org/bulletin


  1. ITC President Meets Her Majesty The Queen

Picture - Professor H Peter Jost was presented to Her Majesty The Queen


In his capacity as President of the International Tribology Council, Professor H Peter Jost was presented to Her Majesty The Queen at a Buckingham Palace function for leaders and innovators of Technology on 9 June 2014.


  1. Esslingen reaches 19th event

The 19th International Colloquium Tribology focused on discussing and solving tribological problems directly related to practice. About 600 participants from over 30 countries attended the 19th colloquium with more than 190 presentations in 10 parallel sessions revealing new developments in tribology.


Picture: Auditorium for the 19th International Colloquium „Tribology – Industrial and Automotive Lubrication, 21 – 23 January 2014.


  1. STLE Celebrates 70th anniversary

The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, was founded March 3, 1944, and celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2014. STLE President Rob Heverly has posted a brief tribute summarising its work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za0Coi3-QFY


  1. Tribology texts available for download

Many tribology texts are now available for free download, some examples that we have recently become aware of are:

The Journal of the Malaysian Tribology Society: http://jurnaltribologi.mytribos.org/

The Proceedings of the International Conference BULTRIB’13, 24th – 26th October 2013, held at the Technical University of Sofia:  http://www.bultrib.com/?p=0&l=1

The electronic version of STLEs Membership Magazine: http://www.stle.org/research/membership/


  1. Conference roundup

2015 will see a rich tapestry of tribology meetings of many types scheduled across the globe. The calendar includes events across all continents and we encourage members to visit our events page to access direct links to event organizers websites to see details of calls for papers, venues, important dates, etc. A selection of conferences we are aware of include: SAIT Tribology 2015 in Pretoria (South Africa), SERBIATRIB’15 in Belgrade (Serbia), Ibertrib 2015 in Cartagena. (Spain), MITC 2015 (Malaysia), BULTRIB 2015 in Sofia (Bulgaria), Oildoc near Munich (Germany), the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Expo (IMECE) in Houston (USA), the UK-China Tribology Symposium in Wuhan (China) and TURKEYTRIB’15 in Istanbul (Turkey).

The 2015 events pages is at: http://www.itctribology.net/meetings.php

  1.  ACT14: African Conference in Tribology: Marrakesh 2014

The African Conference in Tribology was held at Le Semiramis Hotel in Marrakesh Morroco, from April 27 to 30, 2014. The event was organized jointly by LaMCoS (INSA Lyon France), the tribology group from Institut Pprime (Université de Poitiers France) and l’Ecole Nationale des Sciences Appliquées (ENSA) of Marrakech (Morroco). This was the first-ever conference on the topic Tribology to be held on North Africa. The ACT provided a platform to assemble researchers, practitioners, and academics to present and discuss ideas, challenges and potential solutions on established or emerging topics relating to research and practice in Tribology. The challenge was considerable since Tribology is not a major topic a research in Africa.

ACT14 turned about to be an overwhelming success based on the number of participants and the scientific content.  A warm and friendly atmosphere ensured the success of the conference. During the Conference discussions were organized with participants wishing to strengthen the ties between Moroccan economic interests and universities of the world.

The opening session hosted more than 120 participants from 12 countries. One third of participants were PhD students. The sessions began on Monday morning April 27th and ended on Wednesday April 30th noon having comprised 71 presentations including 5 keynote speakers.  In addition some 22 posters were accepted for exhibition during the two last days of the conference.  The presentations and the posters were organized in response to the five themes proposed by the Conference Scientific Committee chaired by Benyebka Bou-Said and Michel Fillon:

Picture: Delegates from the 1st African Conference in Tribology, Marrakesh, Morroco


  1.  Obituary - Professor Jean Marie Georges 1939 - 2015

Professor Jean Marie Georges born in Chaumont (Haute-Marne), studied at the Ecole Centrale de Lyon and the University of Lyon, where he obtained his doctorate.  His professional career in the French engineering industry, followed in 1968 by research work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has made him realise that the understanding of friction, wear and lubrication processes among engineers and scientists was sadly incomplete.  After his return to France he set out to remedy this shortcoming.

At the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, Professor Georges’ work began with wear studies of hard metals and alloys, and the beneficial effects of liquid lubricants upon friction and wear.  In this work, he and his team of co-workers found themselves increasingly drawn from initial engineering considerations into the realms of physics and chemistry.  Electron microscope techniques of electron spectroscopy were used to study the detail of surfaces and surface molecular species.

During this work, his Group at the Laboratoire de Tribologie et Dynamique des Systemes at the Ecole Centrale de Lyon designed and built more delicate sensing equipment, such as the remarkable Molecular Tribometer, which allows the study of boundary lubricating layers of 1-5 molecules thickness. 

The experimental results derived from this work were illustrated and explained by simple physical models and mathematical models, having direct appeal to students and colleagues; this approach has encouraged others to take up the challenge of tribology by the design of allied experiments, aimed at providing further clarification of the tribological problems investigated.

Professor Georges and his students were not content to confine their work to simplified model surfaces and lubricants.  Their studies have employed engineering materials and real boundary lubricants, including colloidal polymer solutions and zinc dialkyl-dithlophosphate additives – as used, for example, in lubricating oil formulations intended for diesel engines.

Under the guidance of Professor Georges, the Laboratoire at Ecole Centrale de Lyon became one of the leading tribology centres in Europe, winning worldwide respect for the quality of its equipment, research and teaching.

Picture: Prof J. M. Georges


His enthusiasm and sustained commitment, coupled with experimental ingenuity and perceptive analysis provided the driving force for these developments. 

Professor Georges’ work has been described as a happy marriage between engineering and studies at a fundamental level and, in this sense, following the great tradition of Coulomb.

In 1994 Professor Georges was awarded the world’s highest honour in tribology, the Tribology Gold Medal.  His passing on has deprived the International Tribology world of an outstanding contributor, whose work will long be remembered.


ITC President Dr H. P. Jost.


  1. Change of Address for ITC President

As detailed on the Home Page of the ITC Web Site for some time, Member Societies are asked to note that the postal address of the Office of the ITC President was changed on 1st September 2014. The new postal address for Dr H. P. Jost is:


                    Angel Lodge Chambers

                    Nicholas House

                    River Front

                    Enfield, Middlesex

                    EN1 3FG

                    United Kingdom


Other contact details remain unchanged:


Tel:               44 (0) 203 213 1030

Fax:              44 (0) 203 213 1040

Email:           itcpresident@btconnect.com




(Administered by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers)




The 2014 Tribology Gold Medal


Awarded to




In recognition of his outstanding contribution to

tribology in particular for his services to industrial tribology, biotribology and education



Gwidon Stachowiak graduated in 1972 from Poznan University of Technology with a Masters degree in Science and Engineering which was followed by a PhD.  In 1981 he obtained a DIC and his second PhD from Imperial College London. 

In 1984 Professor Stachowiak established the first Tribology Laboratory in Western Australia.  Under his leadership, the Tribology Laboratory has become a well-known centre of tribology in Australia, not only through its continuous contributions to academia and industry, but also by educating students and engineers.  It supported nationally important industries such as traditional mining and mineral processing and modern medical engineering with the research results of fundamental and applicable tribology.

Professor Stachowiak’s initial work focused on the tribological characteristics of advanced structural ceramics developed by CSIRO in Australia.  The research outcomes were used to improve the wear resistance of PSZ ceramics, find new industrial applications and give Australia a market advantage.  Another important industrial project involved the investigation of fretting problems in wire ropes and the evaluation of novel surface coatings to mitigate wear.

Professor Stachowiak and his team developed new angularity parameters for particles and surfaces and found a clear correlation between grits angularity and wear which enabled better design of abrasive surfaces in practical use and facilitated computer simulations of abrasive wear.  He further developed numerical methods to characterize wear particles.  This was followed by the development of automated wear particle classification methods based on their shape and surface texture.  The ability to relate the morphology of wear particles to the severity of wear processes improves the diagnosis of machine condition and failure analysis.  Automated classification of wear particles based on their shape and surface texture eliminates the need for experts and further facilitates condition monitoring.

The second area of research efforts of Professor Stachowiak and his team has been bio-tribology with a focus on synovial joints, specifically knee joints.  He found a direct link between the shape of wear particles in synovial joints and severity of osteoarthritis.  This has led to the development of new computer-based image processing and classification methods for trabecular bone textures in X-ray images of the knee joints.

Novel image processing methods developed under Professor Stachowiak’s leadership allow not only the detection but, more importantly, the prediction of the onset of osteoarthritis from x-ray images of the joints.  Once implemented, the methods assist individual patients and clinicians when designing disease preventative measures/treatments.  This has the potential to provide long-term benefits for both individuals and communities across the world who suffer from this disease.  It could also have a major impact on devising preventative measures and on accelerated osteoarthritis drug development through early feedback on drug performance.

Professor  Stachowiak’s research beneficially affected the national economy.  Under the auspices of the International Energy Agency, he and his team are working on the development of new methods for the characterization of surfaces with tessellated patterns (textures).  As these surfaces promise to reduce friction and hence reduce emissions and fuel consumption in transport and energy generation, this research is of national priority not limited to Australia. 

Professor Stachowiak has published numerous papers and several books on Tribology.  His comprehensive work “Engineering Tribology” describes modern understandings of friction, wear and lubrication.  The book is being considered by many to be the best book on the subject and believed to have reached the highest number of editions of any tribology book so far published.  It has since been adopted worldwide as a leading textbook in Tribology, contributing to the education of students and engineers across the world. 

Professor Stachowiak has received many awards and recognitions including the 75th Anniversary Research Award, University of Western Australia (1991), the George Julius Medal of the Institution of Engineers, Australia (1992 and 1996) and Honorary Doctorate from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon (2011).

Professor Gwidon Stachowiak is a worthy recipient of the world’s highest honour in tribology – the 2014 Tribology Gold Medal.