24th International Conference on Wear of Materials

Banff, Alberta, Canada | 16-20 April 2023

At present, we intend to host the 24th International Conference on Wear of Materials onsite in Banff, Canada from 16-20 April 2023, to best facilitate in-person networking and learning.

However, as the future situation regarding international travel remains uncertain, rest assured that should this conference be unable to take place in person, it will be changed to an online event. Should this change need to occur we will let you know as soon as we are able and your registration will be carried over to the online event, with a refund of any difference in registration fee. Should this not be appropriate for you at the time, we will be able to refund your registration, minus a cancellation fee. Should the organisers cancel the conference, you will be entitled to a full refund. Please see here for our full cancellation policy.

To protect the health and safety of all our conference attendees, Elsevier requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or a negative lateral flow test (taken under the supervision of authorized health professionals, within 48 hours) to be eligible to attend. This will be coupled with mask wearing throughout the conference.

For full information on the Elsevier conferences Covid-19 requirements, please visit Covid-19 delegate safety page.

The 24th International Conference on Wear of Materials is a prestigious, long-established conference which provides a unique international forum for researchers and practicing engineers from different disciplines to interact and exchange their latest results.

The conference will focus on advances in the understanding of both the fundamental and applied aspects of wear and friction of materials. It is unique for its paper submission process with full peer review in collaboration with the Elsevier journal Wear to ensure the technical quality of presentations.

Previous delegates have said:

“This conference has a great reputation in which a large and diversified group of delegates from all over globe take in part.”

“It is the most focused conference in the field of wear.”

This edition of the conference will include special sessions on wear and related topics in transportation, renewable energy, biotribology, tool wear, and surface engineering for wear reduction. We welcome both experimental and modeling work in format of full length research paper or case study with focus on wear of materials. A full list of topical areas are listed below.

Conference Topics:

Oral and poster abstracts are now invited on the following topics and should be submitted using the online abstract submission system.

Deadline: 27 May 2022

  • Biotribology
  • Ceramics and CMCs
  • Cutting and Tool Wear
  • Erosion and Erosion-Impact
  • Extreme Environment Wear including High and Low Temperatures and Vacuum
  • Fretting Wear
  • Lubricated Wear
  • Metals and MMCs
  • Polymers and PMCs, Friction Materials
  • Role of Third Bodies
  • Rolling Wear including Bearing, Gear, and Rail
  • Sliding Wear including scuffing and galling
  • Surface Engineering including Coatings, Surface Treatment, Surface Texturing
  • Transportation Wear including Automotive, Aerospace, and Marine
  • Tribocorrosion including erosion-corrosion
  • Wear in Renewable and Sustainable Technologies
  • Wear Testing and Monitoring
  • Emerging topics

This 24th International Conference on Wear of Materials is not associated or related to any other conferences with similar conference names.


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Conference Chair

  • Jun Qu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

Program Chair

  • Richard Chromik, McGill University, Quebec, Canada


  • Martin Dienwiebel, KIT and Fraunhofer IWM, Germany

Editorial Chair

  • Stefanie Hanke, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany


  • Steve Shaffer, Shaffer Tribology Consulting, CA, USA

Immediate Past Chair

  • Sriram Sundararajan, Iowa State University, USA

Liaison for the journal Wear

  • Marcello Papini, Ryerson University, Canada

Conference Historian

  • Peter Blau, Blau Tribology Consulting, NC, USA

Publicity Chair

  • Laura Peña Parás, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico

Poster Chair

  • Wenjun Cai,Virginia Tech, VA, USA

Awards Chair

  • Thomas Scharf, University of North Texas, TX, USA

Tutorial Chair

  • Mark Gee, National Physical Lab (NPL), UK

Session Coordinator: Engine Tribology

  • Peter Lee, Southwest Research Institute, TX, USA

Session Coordinator: Role of Third Bodies during wear

  • Sylvie Descartes, INSA Lyon, France

Session Coordinator: Erosion and Erosion-Corrosion

  • Robert Wood, University of Southampton, UK

Session Coordinator: Fretting Wear

  • Siegfried Fouvry, Ecole Centrale Lyon, France

Session Coordinator: Modeling and Simulation

  • Gianandrea Vittorio Messa, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Liaison-alternate for journal ‘Wear’

  • Alfons Fischer, Max-Planck-Institute fuer Eisenforschung, Germany

Exhibit Advisor

  • Ken Budinski, Bud Labs, USA



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