Mission & Rationale

The annual cost of friction & wear to US Industry is between $300 and $900B, and over $400B per year is lost to corrosion. There exists a technological need for a scientific approach to identify the root causes of friction, wear, and corrosion and then develop surface engineering and/or lubrication solutions that mitigate or eliminate the root causes. The mission of CSELR is to solve complex friction, wear, and corrosion problems for government and industry through fundamental science and technological innovations in tribology, lubrication, and surface engineering.