Date: November 16, 2021

Venue: Sukhothai hotel, bangkok, thailand

Workshop cost: US$1,198


This class is intended for participants who would like to better understand the principles of automobiles and their lubrication requirements.  Attendees should have a good understanding of basic physics and chemistry. Engineers, scientists, and managers who deal with automotive fuels and lubricants will all benefit from the detailed descriptions of the tribological requirements of modern automobiles. Students will gain a better understanding of the various moving components in an automobile powertrain, including internal combustion engines and electric motors, and the challenges of managing friction and wear to improve efficiency and durability.


The training course is intended for those who would benefit from an improved understanding of the principles and limitations of the internal combustion engine, the basic construction and benefits of electric motors for automotive propulsion, and those supplying parts and lubricants to the automotive markets.

You will learn lubrication fundamentals and how they apply to current and future automotive propulsion systems, as well as the lubrication challenges unique to hybrid and full electric vehicles. 


  • Lubrication Fundamentals
    • Boundary Lubrication
    • Stribeck curve
    • Lambda ratio
    • Hydrodynamics
    • Chemical aspects
  • Internal Combustion Engine Principles (Gasoline and Diesel)
    • Fuel-Air Cycle
    • Carnot Efficiency
    • Combustion in gasoline and diesel engines
    • Compression ratio
  • Internal Combustion Engine
    • Fuel-Air Cycle
    • Carnot Efficiency
    • Combustion in gasoline and diesel engines
    • Compression ratio
    • The major engine components
  • The Electric Motor
    • Operating principles
    • Induction motors
    • Permanent magnet motors
    • Switched reluctance motors
  • Vehicle Architecture (Hybrids and pure EVs)
    • Mild hybrids
    • Serial vs. Parallel hybrids
    • Extended range electric vehicles
    • Battery electric vehicles
    • Fuel cells
  • Engine Oil, Transmission Fluid and Electric Vehicle Oils
    • Base oils
    • Additives for transmission fluids and engine oils
    • Lubricants for hybrid vehicles
    • Lubricants for electric vehicles
  • Future Developments in the Automotive Industry
    • Growth of hybrid and EV market share
    • Self-driving cars
    • Ride sharing
    • The vehicle as a mobile electronics platform

Dr. Edward BeckerCourse Instructor: Dr. Edward Becker, President & Founder, Friction & Wear Solutions, LLC

Edward P. Becker received a B.S in Metallurgical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.S in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois.  Ed started working for General Motors at the Cadillac Motor Car Division in Detroit.  While at GM, he received his Professional Engineer’s license, and earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan through the GM Technical Education program. He retired from General Motors after 30 years of service, mostly in the Powertrain division working on a variety of GM engines, transmissions, and rare earth permanent magnets for electric motors.  Ed then established Friction & Wear Solutions, LLC to solve tribological problems. Ed is a frequent guest lecturer at schools and technical societies, as well as running leadership training seminars for organizations and companies.  He is a life member of American Mensa, past president and Fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, and a long-time member of ASM International. Ed received the Engineering Society of Detroit Gold Award in 2018. He has numerous publications in technical journals and handbooks and holds nine U.S. patents.