Tribology Minor

This 15-hour multidisciplinary minor prepares students from various science and engineering majors for careers that require a background in friction, wear and lubrication (tribology). Students will be prepared for not only the lubricant and bearing manufacturing industry, but for design and maintenance in the power generation, vehicle, and manufacturing industries. Students who complete this minor will acquire the skills necessary to identify critical parameters in a tribological system, design a tribological system for the needs of a specific application, including geometry, lubricant, and surface properties. Students will also understand the chemical formulation and operating mechanisms of lubricants and additives.

CodeTitleHours
Courses required
MECH 5240Boundary and Full-Film Lubrication3
or PFEN 5300 Rheology
or CHEN 5410 Macromolecular Science and Engineering
MECH 5230Friction, Wear and Lubrication3
CHEM 2080Organic Chemistry II3
or CHEM 2030 Survey of Organic Chemistry
or CHEM 4070 Physical Chemistry I
Electives courses
CHEN 5430Business Aspects of Chemical Engineering3
MATL 5600Corrosion3
MECH 5830Engines (This Course is newly added.)3
MECH 5270Metalworking and Manufacturing Tribology3
CHEN 5660Macroscale Assembly and Applications of Nanomaterials3
MECH 5970Intermediate Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (Can be Advanced Manufacturing)3
ENGR 3520Integrating Business and Engineering Theory with Practice3
MATL 5200Materials Characterization2
BSEN 5540Biomass and Biofuels Engineering3
CHEN 5120Surface and Colloid Science3
CHEM 4070Physical Chemistry I3
MECH 5250Multiscale Contact Mechanics3
ENGR 3510Introduction to Business and Engineering3
CHEN 5420Polymer Chemical Engineering3
BSEN 4250Hydraulic Control Systems Design3