Friction, wear and lubrication are the inevitable phenomena which control our daily life. But whether friction is a boon or a bane depends on the type of applications we are talking about. It is correctly pointed out by several researchers that a country’s GDP fully depends on the control of friction, which ultimately controls wear. To minimize friction and reduce wear, one of the best possible way is to use a lubricant. However, the selection of a correct lubricant according to an application is always a challenge for several industries. The practice of controlling friction and wear and using the correct grade of lubricant will enhance the life of the machineries, increase the output, and reduce the consumption of energy, thus leading to the economic growth of the country. Several industries are successful in controlling friction and wear with the proper selection of lubricants, and hence those industries have always shown a profitable curve. With the advancement of technologies, there has been enormous development in research in the areas of combating friction and wear. The lubrication industries have also developed high end products for critical applications, also looking into the concern for environmental hazards.
To provide a common platform to work in friction, wear and lubrication, ASM International Chennai Chapter (ASMICC) has decided to focus on friction, wear and lubrication. The regular discussions of the members of ASMICC and their concern about friction, wear and lubrication gave birth to this conference which is the first in series.
ASMICC understands the importance of controlling friction and wear as well as the selection of right lubricants and hence, ASMICC took a major decision of organizing the “International Conference on Friction, Wear and Lubrication (FWL)” jointly with Material Advantage and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur Campus. The conference will not only be a common platform for the participants to share and display their research results but will also act as a connecting gate between the industry and academia.