Mechanical engineering graduate student publishes in journal

Rajeshwari Paluri, graduate student with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, published an article, “Surface Characterization of Novel Alumina-based Composites for Energy Efficient Sliding Systems,” in the June 2011 issue of JOM (vol. 63, no. 6, pp. 77–83), the journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).

Paluri's co-author is Dr. Sudeep Ingole, an assistant professor in the Department of Marine Engineering at Texas A&M University-Galveston.

In the authors’ words: "Friction plays an important role in daily life such as walking, skiing, writing, vehicles travelling on roads, other applications such as automobile engines, biomedicine, etc. which involve moving parts. It directly influences the performance and service life of a system. Development of a new class of materials with superior surface properties will improve the energy efficiency and endurance, which will result in low maintenance costs and prolonged service life."

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