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Special Issue "Tribology of Powertrain Systems"
A special issue of Lubricants (ISSN 2075-4442).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.
The efficiency and durability of propulsion systems in general and internal combustion engines (ICE) and associated powertrain systems in particular have been greatly improved over past several decades. Advances in tribology have played a pivotal role in our fundamental understanding of the physics of interactions between various components in such systems. This, in turn, has resulted in the improved design of the components and the mitigation of adverse contact conditions, resulting in more environmentally-friendly products that not only meet the requirements of the ever-stringent legislations but also improve product economy and customer satisfaction.
Advances in tribology have been achieved through combined efforts in design and the use of state-of-the-art experimental tools and techniques, as well as developing novel mathematical models and computational techniques. Particular to the IC engines and associate powertrains, significant engine and drivetrain downsizing in recent decades and the use of novel engine management technologies such as cylinder deactivation (CDA) and engine stop-start technology have subjected the associated components to extreme limits of functionality.
The current Special Issue aims to bring together the most recent developments in both experimental and computational techniques with an emphasis on providing new insights into the complex physics of component interactions from a tribological perspective in order to advance our understanding in this field.
In particular, we will focus on tribological investigations of various IC engine and powertrain components, including valvetrain systems, piston ring pack, big end and crankshaft support bearings, and clutch and brake systems, as well as transmission and differential gears, bearings, seals, and tyre–road surface interactions. The potential for energy efficiency and system refinement (noise, vibration and harshness, NVH) will be of particular interest. The tribology of subsystems such as oil and fuel pumps, constant velocity (CV) joints, turbochargers, etc., are also considered.
Of particular interest will be the development of new experimental test rigs, techniques, and methodologies; component-specific contact mechanics; lubrication models; and system-level computational models. The exploration of the effect of new engine technologies, which often lead to harsh operating conditions, and the introduction of electric and hybridised propulsion systems with subsequent effects on the tribological performance of components are encouraged.Dr. Ramin Rahmani
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Lubricants is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- Tribology of internal combustion engines
- Tribology of powertrain and drivetrain systems
- Energy efficiency
- Reduction of friction
- Component durability
- Tribology of coatings
- Lubricant rheology and additives
- Surface engineering (texturing)