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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Tribology - Materials, Surfaces & Interfaces

For a Special Issue on
Manufacturing: Tribology, Surface Engineering and Lubricants

Abstract deadline
02 May 2022

Manuscript deadline
03 October 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Thawhid Khan, Manchester Metropolitan University
[email protected]

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Manufacturing: Tribology, Surface Engineering and Lubricants

There is an increasing application of Industry 4.0 within industry which involves the merging of the physical world with the virtual. This concept links telecommunications, information technology and manufacturing together. Tribology is the science that deals with the problems associated with friction, wear and lubrication and has always been associated with industrial problems. Tribology involves many research fields such as chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering, allowing the connection between basic and applied sciences. Tribology has had relatively low visibility among the engineering world and the general public, however there is hope that the new research areas will produce a “golden age” of tribology in the coming years.

Machining is one of the key manufacturing processes, focussed on precision manufacturing and final component production. Key challenges associated with machining include evolving productivity and quality requirements, combined with new and smart materials and green environment regulations imposed in industry. There is a global shift towards ‘Industry 4.0’ and ‘Smart Manufacturing’, which is reshaping methods and technologies for scalable production with the aim of improving productivity by more than 25%. Tribology is of fundamental importance, allowing an understanding of what happens at the cutting interface. By understanding the fundamental interactions of the cutting tools and workpiece in terms of Tribology, Surface Engineering and Lubrication can greatly impact tool life, advanced material machining, surface finish and machining time.

The core subject of this Special Issue is the elaboration and presentation of studies focussing on surface engineering, interactions of lubricants, machining of advanced materials, testing and characterisation in order to provide a clear insight on tribological behaviour and/or machinability. Another core topic of this Special Issue is the use of functional coatings or smart materials to monitor the tribological performance of the machining process. Improvement of these closely adherent properties has led to the development of new cutting fluid chemistries, novel cutting tool materials and the application of coatings or surface treatments that have increased machinability of advanced or conventional materials and/or tribological endurance under severe operating environments.

The optimisation of machinability and tribological performance which may also alter manufacturing conditions, is another core subject in this Issue. The application of surface engineering to enhance the tribological performance of machining advanced alloys is also a challenging topic to be addressed in this Special Issue.

Submission Instructions

Manuscripts should be submitted online, select “Manufacturing: Tribology, Surface Engineering and Lubricants” when submitting your papers to ScholarOne. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Surface treatments for cutting tools
  • Multifunctional coatings
  • Coatings or surface treatments to improve tribological behaviour during machining/manufacturing
  • Advanced cutting tools
  • Cutting tool performance
  • Cutting fluids chemistry and tribochemical interactions
  • Green machining
  • Advanced machining techniques
  • Special alloys and super alloys
  • Sensing coatings
  • Tribological behaviour when machining advanced materials
  • Tribology 4.0 in machining

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