Friction and Wear of Coatings/Films, 2nd Edition

A special issue of Lubricants (ISSN 2075-4442).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 158

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State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China
Interests: tribology; friction; wear; solid lubrication; PVD coatings/films; self-lubricating materials
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Institute of Functional Surfaces, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
Interests: surface engineering; thin film deposition; tribology in demanding environment
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Dear Colleagues,

In the 21st century, energy and material losses due to friction and wear in moving mechanical systems have accounted for huge economic and environmental burdens all over the world. A significant amount of fuel is spent in overcoming friction in moving mechanical machine parts, and if energy losses and emission figures due to the remanufacturing and replacement of worn parts are also taken into consideration, the energy and environmental impacts become proportionally much greater. Therefore, the ability to control friction and wear has become a top priority worldwide. Numerous new lubricant oils, lubricious bulk materials and coatings/films have been discovered and applied in practice to minimize the adverse impacts of friction and maximize the positive impacts of saving materials on all moving machine components. Among the many friction and wear control technologies, advanced solid coatings/films on the surface of moving components are becoming an attractive choice, as liquid lubricants and bulk materials are incompatible in special operating conditions. The coated components can be more energy-efficient due to a reduction in frictional and wear loss. Overall, to meet the harsher operational conditions of modern machines, the current industrial trend is focusing on the increased use of advanced coatings/films to more effectively reduce friction and wear in all types of moving mechanical systems as their price decreases and quality increases.

The first edition of this Special Issue (Friction and Wear of Coatings/Films) was a huge success, attracting many potential authors and readers. We have now decided to launch a second edition, hoping to give a platform to recent research and review papers on the cutting-edge discoveries of low-friction and high-wear-resistant coatings/films as well as the friction control and wear protection of coatings/films on moving mechanical components subjected to tribological requirements.

We appreciate your consideration and hope you will accept our invitation to present your novel work.

Dr. Shusheng Xu
Dr. Liuquan Yang
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  • coatings/films
  • lubricants
  • tribology
  • friction
  • wear
  • boundary lubrication
  • experiments and simulations

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