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Call for Papers - Tribology of Components in Mechanical Systems

Tribology is a fundamental aspect in many fields of application. It addresses not only the lubrication of mechanical components, but also friction and wear mechanisms. These implications make tribology a key factor to increase the efficiency and the reliability of mechanical systems. Innovative lubricants, materials and coatings have a large potential. 

There is great need for tribological research to exploit new technologies in components in mechanical systems. Just some of the benefits can be drastically reduced friction and wear, increased lifetime or power density as well as conservation of energy and resources.

The aim of this special issue is to collect original research manuscripts on the tribology of components in mechanical systems, with a specific focus on experimental and numerical studies on the most widespread machine elements, e.g. gears, bearings and seals. 

A list of specific topics of interest for this collection includes but is not limited to tribology aspects of innovative lubricants, materials and coatings related to mechanical systems in the following areas:

  • Minimum quantity lubrication
  • Fluid-free lubrication 
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Lightweight design
  • Superlubricity

We are looking forward to receiving your submissions.

Guest Editors:

Franco Concli, Free University of Bolzano 

Thomas Lohner, Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Submission instruction:

Please submit manuscripts via the online submission system at  and follow the submission guidelines at   

All manuscripts submitted to this collection should be indicated in the online system otherwise they will be handled as regular submissions.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Publishing Editor, Brock Madsen (

Open Access Publication:

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient

High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article

No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage

Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed.

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