From: The Honorable Tim Ryan
Bill: H.Res. 916
Cosponsors: Representatives Dan Lipinski and Tim Ryan
Supporters: Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
Almost every aspect of our lives is impacted by technologies that benefit from the ability to control friction and wear loss. A branch of science and engineering encompassing scientific disciplines related to controlling of friction, reduction of wear loss,
and development and application of novel lubrication strategies is called tribology. Approximately a third of the world’s primary energy consumption is attributed to friction; and about 70 percent of the equipment failures is blamed on lubrication breakdown
and wear loss. Loss of energy to friction and material losses due to wear in mechanical systems such as internal combustion and gas turbine engines account for major economic and environmental burdens. According to the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication
Engineers (STLE), finding ways to minimize friction and wear through new technologies in tribology can have an enormous impact on the economy by about 2 percent of the GDP, amounting to nearly $400 billion annually in the U.S, and up to $2 trillion globally.
Unfortunately, the large potential of tribology in solving global challenges is hampered by limited investments in research thus limiting innovations in new materials and lubrication technologies.
More than 1,000 American enterprises comprising of industry, government laboratories and universities are engaged in tribology related activities that include development of new materials, coatings and lubricants, as well as sales and service. STLE estimates
that more than 15,000 individuals are employed in such jobs with salaries that are higher than the median income in the U.S. The job market for tribologists and lubrication engineers has been on the rise. If the economic and social impact of this technology
is recognized, increased investments and higher job growth rates are expected.
This is why I am introducing this legislation to emphasize the impact of tribology on the U.S. economy and competitiveness in providing solutions to critical technical problems in manufacturing, energy production and use, transportation vehicles and infrastructure,
greenhouse emissions, defense and homeland security, health care, mining safety and reliability, and space exploration, among others; and to highlight the need for increased R&D investments in tribology and related fields.
I invite you to join me as cosponsor of this Resolution. If you need further information please contact Said Jahanmir in my office at
Member of Congress