Zhigang Wang is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Gifu University in Gifu.
He holds a B.S. degree from Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin, an M.S. and Ph.D. from Nagoya University in Nagoya. He has been on the faculty of Gifu University since 1997 and has taught courses in materials, manufacturing processes, and tribology.
He has published more than 60 papers, primarily on process tribology.
He built center for advanced die engineering and technology at Gifu University in 2006.
Abstract: Recent advances in process tribology – From science to technology
Nowadays, the theory of friction between flat metal surfaces is known as the adhesion theory proposed by Bowden and Tabor around 1950. The fundamentals of friction in metal forming processes have been established on the basis of the adhesion theory of friction by combining with the theory of plasticity. In this presentation, the historic progress on the friction law in metal forming is reviewed first, and then new technologies of tribology in metal forming such as new lubricants to reduce environmentally hazardous substances, new approaches that bring about a low friction coefficient to minimize energy consumption, and the leading edge technologies for visualization of interfacial phenomena, are introduced.