Preface to the 2017 Edition
Tribology is an interdisciplinary study of material properties, including design, friction, wear, and lubrication of interacting surfaces in relative motion. Friction is the resistance of materials to relative motion, and wear is the loss of material due to that motion. Lubrication refers to the use of a fluid or solid to minimize friction and wear. From this definition, it is evident that tribological properties are fundamental to the wide-ranging materials, processes, and technologies of interest to ASM International. This recognition led to the development of the first edition of ASM Handbook, Volume 18, Friction, Lubrication, and Wear Technology.
The first edition of Volume 18, which was published in 1992, addressed the tribological properties of materials, including solid friction, lubricants and lubrication, wear, laboratory characterization techniques, systematic diagnosis of friction and wear tests, friction and wear of components, materials for friction and wear applications, and surface treatments and coatings for friction and wear control. Although this comprehensive treatment has been an invaluable resource for 25 years, there have been numerous material and technology developments that were not reflected in the topical coverage of the first edition. In view of the time that has elapsed since the publication of the first edition and the necessity for updating the coverage, a decision was made to develop the second edition.
The second edition of ASM Handbook, Volume 18, Friction, Lubrication, and Wear Technology has undergone a significant expansion and revision of coverage by a new group of global experts. There has been some reorganization of the topical coverage to better accommodate new material for inclusion. The comprehensive, revised, and peer-reviewed coverage of the second edition was targeted for a broad audience, including researchers, engineers, technicians, students, and quality-control personnel.
This new comprehensive reference would not have been possible without the vital contributions of our dedicated and conscientious editors, article contributors, and staff. My most sincere thanks and appreciation to all.