Wear of Materials 2021

23rd International Conference Wear of Materials

25-29 April 2021 | Banff, Alberta, Canada


We understand you may be concerned about not being able to attend due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 situation. Rest assured that we will refund your registration fee, with no penalty, should you wish to cancel during the uncertainty of the outbreak.

Welcome to the 23rd International Conference on Wear of Materials, which will take place in majestic Banff, Alberta, Canada from 25-29 April 2021.

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 an international 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:

Abstracts are now invited on the following topics. They should be submitted using the online abstract submission system.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 29 May 2020

  • 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/Awards Chairs

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

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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