This collection of fully peer-reviewed papers were presented at the 26th Leeds-Lyon Tribology Symposium which was held in Leeds, UK, 14-17 September, 1999.
The Leeds-Lyon Symposia on Tribology were launched in 1974, and the large number of references to original work published in the Proceedings over many years confirms the quality of the published papers. It also indicates that the volumes have served their purpose and become a recognised feature of the tribological literature.
This year's title is 'Thinning Films and Tribological Interfaces', and the papers cover practical applications of tribological solutions in a wide range of situations.
The evolution of a full peer review process has been evident for a number of years. An important feature of the Leeds-Lyon Symposia is the presentation of current research findings. This remains an essential feature of the meetings, but for the 26th Symposium authors were invited to submit their papers for review a few weeks in advance of the Symposium. This provided an opportunity to discuss recommendations for modifications with the authors.


For engineers, technicians, students and researchers working in the field of tribology and its applications.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Refereeing. Keynote Address. Some fundamental differences in the adhesion and friction of rough versus smooth surfaces (J. Israelachvili et al.). Keynote Papers I. An overview of current tribology problems in magnetic disk recording technology (F.E. Talke). Surface roughness in elastohydrodynamically lubricated contacts (C.H. Venner et al.). Applications of the micro-scale abrasion test for coatings and bulk materials (I.M. Hutchings). Elastohydrodynamic Lubrication I - Theoretical. The contact of rough surfaces carrying pressure sensitive boundary layers (K.A. Blencoe, J.A. Williams). Elastohydrodynamically lubricated line contact based on the Navier-Stokes equations (C.T. Schäfer et al.). Traction in EHL elliptical contacts with spin conditions (P. Ehret et al.). A deterministic EHL model for point contacts in mixed lubrication regime (A.C. Redlich et al.). An in-depth investigation of the multigrid approach to steady and transient EHL problems (C.E. Goodyer et al.). Computer Heads, Magnetic Information Storage and Retrieval Systems I. Effect of adhesion on wear by plastic ratchetting (F.J. Franklin, A. Kapoor). Triboemission and tribology: an application to magnetic recording area (B. Bou-Said et al.). A new approach for characterising the roughness effects in compressible fluid contact (M. Jai et al.). Coatings and Surface Modification. Surface fatigue resistance of tool steel coated with thin brittle PVD layers (A.J. Huis in't Veld et al.). Manganese phosphating of gears and surface roughness consequence (H.J. Westberg et al.). Mechanical response of coated implant alloys (K.L. Dahm, P.A. Dearnley). Rebound hardness of electroplated coatings (K. Matsuda and M. Kaneta). Corrosion-wear mechanisms of 316L austenitic stainless steel with magnetron sputtered S-phase an


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D. Dowson

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Department of Mechanical Engineering/University of Leeds/Leeds/UK