The Tribology Handbook

The Tribology Handbook 2nd edition follows the pattern of the original, which was first published in the 1970s. It provides instant access to essential information on the performance of tribological components, and is aimed particularly at designers and engineers in industry.  The book is configured like an “Atlas”, to enable quick and logical access to the information required by the user.

Tribological components are those which carry all the relative movements in machines. Their performance, therefore, makes a critical contribution to the reliability and efficiency of all machines. Also because they are the local areas of machines where high forces and rapid movements are transmitted simultaneously, they are also the components most likely to fail, because of the concentration of energy that they carry. If anything is wrong with a machine or its method of use, these components are the mechanical “fuses” which will indicate the existence of a problem.


Subject matter covered in this publication:

  • Selection of bearings, journal bearings and thrust bearings.
  • Plain bearing materials, dry rubbing bearings, porous metal, bearings, drip fed journal bearings, high speed bearings and rotor dynamics, crankshaft bearings, spherical bearings etc.
  • Rolling bearings – selection, materials and installation.
  • Other bearing types, including magnetic.
  • Rotary drives – belt, roller chain, gears, flexible couplings, clutches and brakes.
  • Linear drives – screws, cams and followers, wheels rails and tyres, ropes, cables, piston and cylinders.
  • Seals – selection of seal types, oil flinger rings, labyrinths, brush seals, lip, mechanical seals, soft packings, piston rings and seals.
  • Lubricants – selection, mineral oils, synthetic oils, greases, solid lubricants.
  • Lubrication of components – plain bearings, rolling bearings, gears, chains etc.
  • Failures
  • Maintenance – condition monitoring, vibration, wear debris.
  • Repairs – worn surfaces, materials.

Author: M. J. Neale

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0 7506 1198 7