Tribology (MATE560) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Tribology MATE560 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Consent of the department
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Natural & Applied Sciences Master's Degree
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture.
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Course Objectives To teach how to describe and characterize solid surfaces (topography and physico-chemical aspects) To teach the basics of contact mechanics To teach the mechanisms of friction and frictional heating To introduce the lubrication regimes To teach wear mechanisms and wear-mechanism maps. To get students familiar with the test methods in tribology To analyze some tribological problems in cutting and shaping of metals, machinery, vehicles and biosystems To introduce surface coatings for tribological improvement To teach deposition and characterization of tribological surface coatings
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Understanding of the fundamental aspects of contact mechanics
  • Understanding of the mechanisms of friction
  • Understanding of the lubrication regimes
  • Understanding of the types of wear
  • Knowledge of test methods in tribology
  • Knowledge of tribological surface coatings, their deposition and characterization
Course Content Characterization of surfaces, interaction of surfaces, theories of contact mechanics, fundamentals of friction, fundamentals of lubrication, types of wear, measurement of wear, tribology of engineering materials,tribology of machinery and vehicle components, tool wear and lubricants in metal cutting and shaping, tribology of hip and knee joint rep

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction to Tribology Chapter 1 of [1]
2 Characterization of Solid Surfaces Chapter 3&4 of [1]
3 Theory of Contact Mechanics - 1 Chapter 3&4 of [1]
4 Theory of Contact Mechanics - 2 Chapter 5 of [1]
5 Fundamentals of Friction - 1 Chapter 6 of [1]
6 Fundamentals of Friction - 2 Chapter 6 of [1]
7 Fundamentals of Lubrication Chapter 7&9 of [1]
8 Fundamentals of Wear - 1 Chapter 8 of [1]
9 Fundamentals of Wear - 2 Chapter 8 of [1]
10 Tribological Testing of Materials Chapter 5 of [2]
11 Tool Wear and Lubricants in Cutting and Shaping of Metals Handouts
12 Tribology of Machinery and Vehicle Components Handouts
13 Biotribology Handouts
14 Developing Wear Resistant Materials Chapter 7&8 of [5]
15 Application of Surface Coatings to Improve Tribological Performance Chapter 1&7 of [6]
16 Deposition, Characterization and Tribology of Surface Coatings Chapter 3&5 of [6]


Other Sources 1. "Friction, Wear, Lubrication: A Textbook in Tribology”, K.C. Ludema, CRC Press, 1st ed., (1996)
2. “Friction and Wear of Materials”, E. Rabinowicz, 2nd ed., Wiley-Interscience, (1995)
3. “The Friction and Lubrication of Solids”, F.P. Bowden and D. Tabor, Cambridge University Press, UK, (1964)
4. “Contact Mechanics”, K. L. Johnson, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, (1987)
5. “Tribology: Friction and Wear of Engineering Materials”, I.M. Hutchings, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL,USA, (1992)
6. “Coatings Tribology, Properties, Mechanisms, Techniques and Applications in Surface Engineering”, K. Holmberg and A. Matthews, 2nd ed., Elsevier, (2009)

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 4 15
Presentation 1 30
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 20
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 35
Toplam 7 100
Percentage of Semester Work 65
Percentage of Final Work 35
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering. X
2 An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. X
3 An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs. X
4 An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams. X
5 An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems. X
6 An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. X
7 An ability to communicate effectively. X
8 An understanding the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context and recognition of the responsibilities for social problems. X
9 Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning. X
10 Knowledge of contemporary engineering issues. X
11 An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. X
12 Skills in project management and recognition of international standards and methodologies X
13 An ability to make methodological scientific research. X
14 An ability to produce, report and present an original or known scientific body of knowledge. X
15 An ability to defend an originally produced idea. X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 16 1 16
Presentation/Seminar Prepration 1 20 20
Homework Assignments 4 3 12
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 12 12
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 20 20
Total Workload 128