South African Institute of Tribology (Sait) hosting 11th international tribology conference

Tribology is the science and technology of inter-acting surfaces in relative motion, including the associated practices. Tribology is the science and technology of inter-acting surfaces in relative motion, including the associated practices.

The eleventh international tribology conference will be held by the South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT.) It will take place from the 10 to 12 March 2015, in Pretoria allowing students to present their research papers; and where SAIT will be promoting the professional status of tribology in Southern Africa.

Thomas Surmon, the president of SAIT says, “Tribology is the science and technology of inter-acting surfaces in relative motion, including the associated practices. However, it is a science that is not professionally recognised in Southern Africa, compared with other engineering disciplines.”

“There is a lack of knowledge concerning tribology and the impact that this has on the South African economy. In conjunction with the Department of Science and Technology, we conducted a study in 2010 to determine the cost- and energy-saving potential of South Africawith regard to the country’s economy. Our conference will assist us in getting the recognition we are striving for as an institute. As a result, the conference will cover topics such as industrial tribology, lubricants testing and condition monitoring, wear processes and the tribology of materials, boundary and fluid film lubrication, biotribological applications, and tribology and the environment,” he states.

While tribology is the main factor for Sait’s conference, there will also be a focus on interaction and establishing business relationships with government.

Sait has invited international speakers such as:

  • Professor Gwidon Stachowiak – Head of Tribology at Perth-based Curtin University
  • Professor Wilfred Tysoe – US-based University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Surmon added, “The institute hopes the conference will attract more professionals who are keen to learn more about tribology and also create dialogue that will raise awareness of the need to establish a standalone discipline for tribology at university level and also in industry in South Africa.”

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