Understanding friction, lubrication and wear

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South African Institute for Tribology

Afternoon Seminar - Postponed

Wednesday Afternoon, 30th June 2021

‘What Can Tribology do to Improve Your Return on Investment?’

We regret that, due to the latest Covid-19 Restrictions announced on Sunday evening by the State President, the Seminar scheduled to take place live at Science Park on Wednesday the 30th June has had to be postponed.

We will re-think the format of the Seminar, and hope to be able to bring you the excellent presentations we have received, as an online Webinar, in the near future.

We will let you know as soon as the new format of this Seminar has been finalized.

The SAIT Secretariat.


An Introduction to Gears

by Patrick G Swan

Patrick Swan, SAIT President

Aswan Consulting & SAIT President

This Webinar was successfully presented on the Zoom Platform, with 59 participants, on

Tuesday 2 February 2021 at 16:00

Mr Patrick Swan, Member and current President of the South African Institute of Tribology has been active in the tribology field for many years. Patrick has been a registered engineer for almost 50 years, with a passion for tribology, root cause failure analysis, and passing on his knowledge to the younger generations. For the past 25 years he has consulted to industry in many technical fields, mostly in solving or arbitrating problems.

Patrick will give a presentation on An Introduction to Gears on the Zoom platform on 3 February 2021 at 16:00, and we look forward to your participation in this event.

The talk will be an overview of gear design and operation, and focus on tribology and the critical part that lubrication plays. Examples of where it all went wrong will also be discussed.

Please let us know at secretary@sait.org.za or admin@sait.org.za if you wish to attend and the log in details will be sent to you

South African Institute of Tribology

Understanding lubrication, friction and wear


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