Wear of Materials 2021

23rd International Conference on Wear of Materials: Online

26-29 April 2021 | Online – Live and on-demand

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In 2021 the 23rd International Conference on Wear of Materials and the 5th International Conference on BioTribology will join forces to develop an online integrated program that allows delegates to participate at both conferences, switch easily between lectures and broaden their research and professional network.

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The online joint conference of 23rd International Conference Wear of Materials and 5th International Conference on BioTribology will take place as a live-streamed and interactive event at 9:30 – 14:00 EDT, from 26-29 April 2021.

Register now to participate in an interactive conference experience direct from your desktop or mobile device: live-stream presentations and take part in discussion through live chat and Q&A.

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Registration deadline for live participation (non-presenting delegates): 11:59 EDT, 23 April 2021

Your registration includes on-demand access for 6 months (from one day after the conference).

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Engage with our inspirational speakers and other attendees during the live-streamed sessions: Ask questions and participate in live chat and polls.

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Review the latest research in the ePoster hall and discuss directly with the author in the live poster sessions.


  • Network with your peers, meet new contacts and renew relationships: Connect with other attendees during the live event to chat and arrange one-to-one meetings.
  • Connect with a wider, more-inclusive audience: our lower fees, online delivery and post-event on-demand access will make the event more accessible to all.
  • Visit the live exhibition booths to meet industry partners, chat with exhibitors and learn more about their products. 
  • Enjoy more flexibility with on-demand access to recorded sessions for 6 months after the event*. Watch one stream live and catch-up on what you missed after the event.

* On-demand access includes recordings of talks and slides, poster pitches and posters from authors that have agreed for post event distribution: the organisers cannot guarantee on-demand access to all presentations.

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The conference will focus on advances in the understanding of both the fundamental and applied aspects of wear and friction of materials and will provide a forum for researchers and practicing engineers from different disciplines to interact and exchange their latest understandings. The conference is also unique for its paper submission process with full peer review in collaboration with the Elsevier journal Wear to ensure technical quality of presentations.

This edition of the conference will include special sessions on wear and related topics in aviation and aerospace applications, renewable and sustainable technologies, biotribology, engine tribology, tool wear, modeling and simulation and surface texturing for wear reduction.  A full list of topical areas are listed below.

Conference Topics:

  • Abrasive Wear
  • *NEW Aviation and Aerospace Wear
  • Biotribology
  • Ceramics and CMCs
  • Coatings and Surface Treatment
  • Cutting and Tool Wear
  • Elevated Temperature Wear
  • Engine Tribology
  • Erosion and Erosion-Impact
  • Fretting Wear
  • Lubricated Wear, Scuffing, Rolling
  • Metals and MMCs
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Polymers and PMCs, Friction Materials
  • Role of Third Bodies
  • Sliding Wear
  • Surface Texturing
  • Tribocorrosion (including erosion-corrosion)
  • *NEW Wear in Renewable and Sustainable Technologies
  • Wear Testing and Monitoring
  • Wheel/Rail Contact
  • Other topics


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Conference Chair

  • Sriram Sundararajan, Iowa State University, USA

Program Chair

  • Jun Qu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

Editorial Chair

  • Martin Dienwiebel, KIT and Fraunhofer IWM, Germany

Editorial Co-Chair

  • Stefanie Hanke, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany


  • Richard Chromik, McGill University, Quebec, Canada


  • Steve Shaffer, Shaffer Tribology Consulting, CA, USA

Liaisons for the journal Wear

  • Marcello Papini, Ryerson University, Canada
  • Alfons Fischer, Max-Planck-Institute for Eisenforschung, Germany

Immediate Past Chair

  • Thomas Scharf, University of North Texas, TX, USA

Conference Historian

Publicity Chair

  • Laura Peña Parás, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico

Poster Co-Chairs

  • Stefanie Hanke, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Wenjun Cai,Virginia Tech, VA, USA

Awards Chair

  • Richard Chromick, McGill University, Quebec, Canada

Tutorial Chair

  • Mark Gee, National Physical Lab (NPL), UK Tutorial Session 

Exhibit Advisor

  • Ken Budinski, Bud Labs, USA

Session Co-Coordinators: Abrasive Wear

  • Alfons Fischer, Max-Planck Institute for Iron Research, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Carsten Gachot, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria

Session Co-Coordinator: Biotribology

  • Markus A. Wimmer, Rush University Medical University, Chicago, USA

Session Co-Coordinator: Ceramics and CMCs

  • Thomas Scharf, University of North Texas, TX, USA

Session Co-Coordinators: Surface Texturing

  • Carsten Gachot, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria
  • Patricia Iglesias, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, USA

Session Co-Coordinator: Coatings and Surface Treatment

  • Sriram Sundararajan, Iowa State University, USA

Session Co-Coordinator: Cutting and Tool Wear

  • Dirk Biermann, TU Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany

Session Co-Coordinator: Elevated Temperature Wear

  • Jens Hardell, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden

Session Co-Coordinator: Engine Tribology

  • Peter Lee, Southwest Research Institute, TX, USA

Session Co-Coordinators: Erosion and Erosion-Impact

  • Robert Wood, University of Southampton, UK
  • Stefanie Hanke, Universitat Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Session Co-Coordinator: Fretting Wear, Friction and Wear under Vibratory

  • Siegfried Fouvry, Ecole Centrale Lyon, France

Session Co-Coordinators: Lubricated Wear, Scuffing, Rolling

  • Jun Qu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
  • Mitjan Kalin, University of Ljublijana, Ljublijana, Slovenia

Session Co-Coordinator: Metals and MMCs

  • Sebastian Weber, University of Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany

Session Co-Coordinator: Modeling and Simulation

  • Gianandrea Vittorio Messa, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Session Co-Coordinator: Polymers and PMCs, Friction Materials

  • Emile van der Heide, Universiteit Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

Session Co-Coordinator: Renewable Energy Applications

  • Martin Dienwiebel, KIT and Fraunhofer IWM, Germany

Session Co-Coordinator: Role of Third Bodies

  • Sylvie Descartes, INSA Lyon, France

Session Co-Coordinators: Sliding Wear

  • Richard Chromick, McGill University, Quebec, Canada
  • Jun Qu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

Session Co-Coordinators: Tribocorrosion (including erosion-corrosion)

  • Anna Igual Munoz, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Stefano Mischler, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Session Co-Coordinator: Wear Testing and Monitoring

  • Mark Gee, National Physical Lab (NPL), UK

Session Co-Coordinators: Wheel/Rail Contact

  • Laura Peña Parás, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
  • Sylvie Descartes, INSA Lyon, France

Session Co-Coordinator: Aviation and Aerospace Wear

  • Pantcho Stoyanov (Pratt & Whitney), United Technologies Corporation - Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, USA



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