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In this issue we present four papers covering different fields of tribology.
Rudiger Holinski of Dow Corning provides some background on dry friction and the resultant interface between the surfaces. His paper discusses the use of solid lubricants and their effect on their tribological relationship.
Jaw-Ren Lin from the Nanya Institute of Technology in Taiwan examines how the load carrying capacity of an electrically conducting lubricant may be effected by a magnetic field.
Min Zhi Rong et al. report on work done examining the change in tribological performance of polymers when nano-composites.
Walter Holweger of Technological Services in Germany looks at the changes in surface chemistry as machine elements are subjected to damaging conditions.
I believe that these papers provide a very good insight into the widely diverse fields of research currently being undertaken in the world of tribology. Although the theoretical research is essential in the longer term to enable developments to occur I would be interested to hear about work concerned with practical developments utilising our ever-increasing theoretical knowledge of tribology.