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It is now forty six years since the separate topics of friction, lubrication, wear and bearing design were integrated under the title ‘Tribology’ [Department of Education and Science, Lubrication (Tribology) Education and Research. A Report on the Present Position and Industry’s Needs, HMSO, London, 1966]. Significant developments have been reported in many established and new aspects of tribology during this period. The subject has contributed to improved performance of much familiar equipment, such as reciprocating engines, where there have been vast improvements in engine reliability and efficiency. Nano-tribology has been central to remarkable advances in information processing and digital equipment. Shortly after widespread introduction of the term tribology, integration with biology and medicine prompted rapid and extensive interest in the fascinating sub-field now known as Bio-tribology [D. Dowson and V. Wright, Bio-tribology, in The Rheology of Lubricants, ed. T. C. Davenport, Applied Science Publishers, Barking, 1973, pp. 81–88]. An outline will be given of some of the developments in the latter field.

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08 May 2012
11 May 2012
First published
23 May 2012

Faraday Discuss., 2012,156, 9-30
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D. Dowson, Faraday Discuss., 2012, 156, 9
DOI: 10.1039/C2FD20103H

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