Topical Collection: Interdisciplinary - Tribology: Science and Applications

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Tribology is the science and technology of contact surfaces in relative motion in natural and artificial systems and includes the study of wear, friction and lubrication phenomena. It is a highly interdisciplinary subject involving fields including mechanical engineering, manufacturing, materials science and engineering, chemistry and chemical engineering, physics, mathematics, biomedical science and engineering, computer science, and more.

Surface characteristics and properties affect tribological phenomena. Moreover, deposition technologies, such as surface coating, texturing and thermochemical processes are used to control and enhance the tribological performances. Both, processing technologies and the fundamental surface properties affect friction and wear phenomena of materials which are very important for the efficiency of the system.

The aim of this Topical Collection is to compile high-quality research papers in the fields of Tribology research in materials, surface engineering, and its applications. The introduction of novel techniques will be used to improve surface properties, especially to enhance the tribological performance, as well as their functional applications in different areas. We intend to highlight major research trends to promote the future development of this multidisciplinary science. The scope of this topical collection includes, but is not limited to, the following Tribology applied fields:

  • Surface and interface:
    • Coatings 
    • Thermochemical treatment
    • Electrochemical treatment
    • Mechanical treatment
    • Laser Shock Processing
  • Materials for tribological applications: 
    • Polymers
    • Composites 
    • Ceramics
    • Metals and alloys 
  • Mechanical contact:
    • Modelling and simulation 
    • Innovation in tribology testing 
    • Nanotribology
  • Wear mechanisms: 
    • Abrasion
    • Adhesion 
    • Erosion
    • Fretting
    • Cavitation
    • Fatigue
    • Plastic deformation
    • Corrosion and tribocorrosion
  • Applications 
    • Biotribology
    • Aerospace systems
    • Automotive
    • Cutting tools
    • Maintenance 
    • Wear in environmental and renewable energy technologies

Guest Editors

  • Dr. Carolina Hernandez-Navarro
  • Dr. Ernesto Garcia

Papers must describe original research and must not be simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings.

All submissions should follow the instructions available at:

Authors can directly submit their papers at During the submission procedure, please select the title of this Topical Collection from the section/category (drop down menu) in Editorial Manager.