机械工程系

Dept of Mechanical Engineering

The World Tribology Congress was held in Tsinghua University

On September 18th, the 6th World Tribology Congress opened in Beijing international conference center, vice premier of China Yan-dong Liu wrote a letter to congratulate this grand meeting. Over 2000 Chinese and foreign tribology workers gathered in Beijing to discuss the development of tribology science, engineering and technology. It was the first time for China to hold the World Tribology Congress during 20 years. It was sponsored by the tribology branch of the China institute of mechanical engineering and Tsinghua University.

In Liu’s letter, she expressed warm congratulations to the congress and welcomed the experts and scholars from all over the world. As an interdisciplinary subject, tribology research was of great significance to energy conservation, environmental protection and sustainable economic and social development. The Chinese government attached great importance to the tribological related scientific research and industrial development, was willing to work with countries around the world to promote the development of the tribological progress.

Liu said that the World Tribology Congress was the largest and highest level comprehensive event in this field. Fortunately, the meeting was held in China for the first time this year, giving us a perfect opportunity to promote international academic exchange and cooperation. She sincerely hoped that the experts and scholars attending the meeting would take this opportunity to exchange, inspire and cooperate with each other, and make new contributions to the development of tribology.

The 6th World Tribology Congress

At the opening ceremony of the congress, the vice president and director of the Chinese society of tribology, Ka-li Gu, read the letter from vice premier Yan-dong Liu. Party secretary of Tsinghua University Xu Chen, director of the national natural science foundation Wei Yang, dean of the department of mechanical engineering in Tsinghua University Jian-bin Luo, the new chairman of the international society of tribology (ITC) Ali Erdemir gave speeches on the conference.

Party secretary of Tsinghua University, Xu Chen

Chen introduced the basic information of Tsinghua University, she pointed out that after more than 50 years of development, the tribology had formed a mature theoretical framework and made a contribution to human scientific progress. The national key laboratory of tribology of Tsinghua University had made a positive contribution to the development of tribology and had played a supporting role in the construction of relevant disciplines. Chen said that the World Tribology Congress was a great chance for tribology specialists from around the world getting together and exchanging freely.

Director of the national natural science foundation, Wei Yang

Mr. Yang congratulated the World Tribology Congress on its first arrival in China. He said tribology research was concerned with economic and social development. In recent years, the national natural science foundation had supported many research teams. In the future, the foundation would further support the tribology development in China, promoting the interdisciplinary research, making the tribology play a more important role in China's modernization construction.

Dean of the department of mechanical engineering in Tsinghua University, Jian-bin Luo

Jian-bin Luo said that the drilling of the fire caused the human to go to civilization, and the wheel used rolling friction instead of sliding friction, promoted the development of modern industry. Nowadays, from aerospace to transportation, from bridge engineering to ocean deep diving, even to deep earth exploration, almost all of the great projects had benefited from the tribological contributions. The congress would focus on energy and green-related tribology development, and strive to create a more efficient, safe and green earth.

The new chairman of the international society of tribology (ITC), Ali Erdemir

The new chairman Ali Erdemir introduced the development and future vision of ITC. He thanked all tribology workers for their hard work and careful preparation of Tsinghua University. He said: "we have gathered in Beijing to promote exchanges, accelerate innovation and work together to build a home on earth. I believe that the outcome of the five-day session will have a lasting impact on the discipline and industry development in the coming years.”

After the opening ceremony, member of Chinese academy of science Wei-min Liu and professor Jacob Klein from Israel delivered speeches about “friction in the space science” and “biological lubrication”. Then, professor Ali Erdemir, professor Yong-gang Meng from Tsinghua University and other six experts talked about coating, physical interface, tribology and environmental protection, etc

The five-day conference aimed to summarize the recent tribology research in all directions, exploring the tribology research direction in the future and the connection between the research with the industry.

2022 tribology workers registered to attend the congress from China, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and other universities, and 1398 contributions were received. The congress set up 9 different themes including tribology science, wear and surface engineering, lubrication and lubricants, bionic biological and tribology, industrial tribological system, engine and transmission tribology and industrial friction, friction testing and monitoring, as well as the young scholars forum.

The congress also held a "friction science and technology exhibition". The department of mechanical engineering, the department of thermal engineering of Tsinghua University, and other 38 units were invited to exhibit their technological achievements.

The co-chairman of the congress were the director committee member of Chinese mechanical engineering society tribology branch Shi-rong Ge and professor Wei-min Liu. Congress co-sponsors included: the national natural science foundation committee, Lanzhou institute of chemical physics of Chinese academy of sciences, China Mining University, etc.