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Science of Wear


Chinese-German Workshop

Tsinghua University Beijing, September 16-20, 2018


Prof. Dr. Valentin L. Popov, Dept. of System Dynamics & Friction Physics, TU Berlin

Prof. Dr. Yonggang Meng, State Key Laboratory of Tribology, Tsinghua University




New!  Special Issue in Facta Universitatis: Mechanical Engineering

As announced during the closing of the workshop, we plan publishing one further Special Issue with contributions of the workshop. This will be the first Issue in 2019 of the Journal Facta Universitatis: Mechanical Engineering.

- Papers are published under an open access license.
- There is no publication fee for the authors.
- The Journal is Indexed in Scopus and Web of Science.

More information about the journal can be found here.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2019. The planned date of publication is April 2019. (When submitting a paper to the Special Issue, please choose the Section "Science of Wear" after login and notify  about the submission.)




Among the basic tribological phenomena of contact, adhesion, friction, lubrication and wear, wear remains the least scientifically understood. At the same time, wear remains one of the most important tribological phenomena in practice, affecting all aspects of our lives and current technologies. Our understanding of the fundamental processes of wear has been improving recently, due to new theoretical approaches, improved experimental techniques and rapidly growing numerical capabilities. It is felt that now it is the right time to revisit the subject of wear intensively, with a special focus on the understanding of physical mechanisms. The workshop "Science of wear" serves to survey the state-of-the-art in the field of wear research and to map out likely developments in the near future. From a technical point of view, three topics will be in the foreground:

- Interaction of plasticity and adhesion during wear
- Use of modern simulation techniques for prediction of wear
- Low wear conditions


Program and abstracts

The program of the workshop "Science of wear" and the presentation abstracts can be be downloaded here.


- Interplay of adhesion and plasticity in adhesive wear
- BEM simulations of wear of heterogeneous media
- Wear of functionally graded materials
- Wear particles Emission
- Fretting, fatigue, structural damping
- Molecular dynamics simulations of wear
- Wear of artificial joints and implants
- Materials for tribological applications
- Systems with minimal wear
- Third body: modeling and simulations


Picture gallery

Some photo impressions from the international workshop "Science of Wear", including the group picture of all participants, can be found here.


Special Issue in Friction

Punctually to the beginning of the workshop, a Special Issue of Friction on "Science of Wear" has been published.

The issue can be found here.

Some of the research presented during the workshop is already included in the Special Issue.

A short "guide" to the issue is given in the Editorial, which can be found here.


Prof. Dr. Valentin Popov    
Technische Universität Berlin
Institute of Mechanics, Sekr. C8-4, Str. des 17. Juni 135, D-10623 Berlin GERMANY
Tel: +49 (30) 314 21 480 Fax.: +49 (30) 314 72 575 E-mail:

Prof. Dr. Yonggang Meng
Director of the State Key Laboratory of Tribology
Tsinghua University, Building 9003, Beijing, 100084, CHINA
Tel: +86-10-62773867, E-mail:  

Workshop announcement 

The announcement of the workshop can be downloaded here

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