Reliability aspects of tribology

Kenneth Holmberg (Corresponding Author)

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    There is an increasing need for improved methods of determining the reliability and predicting the lifetime of machines and production systems more accurately. The paper deals with the role of tribology in the large and complex scope of reliability engineering and the different tribology-related methods to improve reliability, such as reliability design, component lifetime, condition monitoring and diagnostics. To be of value for reliability estimations, the tribological data should be expressed in terms of endurance life and probability of failure. Tribological effects are today expressed on different geometrical scales, all the way from nanotribology even up to teratribology. However, the required task of scaling-up of our knowledge from nano- and microtribology level will perhaps need other, more non-linear approaches than the strict reductionism to which we are accustomed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)801-808
    Number of pages8
    JournalTribology International
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • tribological design
    • condition monitoring
    • friction and wear tests


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