Thierry Blanchet

Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering

Ph.D. Dartmouth College


Focus Area: 
Materials Tribology (friction, wear, lubrication)|X|Mechanical Behavior of Materials

Professor, 2006 – present

Department Head (Acting), 2011-2012

Associate Department Head for Faculty Affairs, 2012-2013

Associate Department Head for Graduate Studies, 2009-2011

Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Studies, 2007-2009

Associate Professor, 1999-2006

Assistant Professor, 1993-1999

Post-Doctoral Researcher, 1992-1993

NASA Glenn Research Center, Surface Science Branch Summers 1989-1991

Dow Chemical Central Research, Organic Chemical and Polymers Laboratory April –September 1988

Hercules Corporation, Champlain Cable Co. Polymer R&D Laboratory Summers 1983-1986



Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2008)

Fellow, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (2005)

ASME Burt L. Newkirk Award (2002)

STLE Walter D. Hodson Award (1997)

STLE Al Sonntag Award (1993, 1998)


Professional Society Service

ASME Tribology Division Executive Committee (Chair 2016/2017)

Associate Editor, STLE Tribology Transactions (1996-present)

Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Tribology (2005-2011)

Editorial Advisory Board, Tribology & Lubrication Technology (2005-2007)

STLE Fellows Selection Committee (Chair 2012)

ASME Tribology Division Honors&Awards Committee (Chair 2011)

STLE Awards Committee (Chair 2005)

ASME/STLE International Joint Tribology Conference (Chair 2004)

STLE Solid Lubricants Technical Committee (Chair 2000)


“Analysis of Surface Temperatures within Heat Flux Bands during Constant Acceleration including Deceleration to Halt”, T.A. Blanchet, S.P. Lenihan, ASME Journal of Tribology, 139 (2017) 031102.|X|“Origin of the Static Fatigue Limit in Oxide Glasses”, J.H. Seaman, T.A. Blanchet, M. Tomozawa, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 99 (2016) 3600-3609.|X|“Unusually Effective Nanofiller a Contradiction of Microfiller-Specific Mechanisms of PTFE Wear Resistance?” S. Bhargava, T.A. Blanchet, ASME Journal of Tribology, 138 (2016) 042001.|X|“Ion-Exchanged Lithium Aluminosilicate Glass: Strength and Dynamic Fatigue”, E. Aaldenberg, P.J. Lezzi, J.H. Seaman, T.A. Blanchet, M. Tomozawa, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 99 (2016) 2645-2654.|X|“Simple Thermal Model to Select Electromagnetic Launcher Tribomaterials”, E.E. Balic, T.A. Blanchet ASME Journal of Tribology, 138 (2016) 041102.|X|“Modeling Slow Crack Growth Behavior of Glass Strengthened by a Sub-Critical Tensile Stress by Surface Stress Relaxation”, J.H. Seaman, P.J. Lezzi, T.A. Blanchet, M. Tomozawa, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 98 (2015) 3075-3086.|X|“Effect of Platelet Thickness on Wear of Graphene-Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Composites”. S. Bhargava, N. Koratkar, T.A. Blanchet, Tribology Letters, 59 (2015) 17.|X|“Fluoroplastics”. T.A. Blanchet, Handbook of Thermoplastics, 2nd edition, O. Olabisi, ed., CRC Press (2015) 397-417.|X|“Effect of Activated Carbon and Various Other Nanoparticle Fillers on PTFE Wear”. S.S Kandanur, M.A. Schrameyer, K.F. Jung, M.E. Makowiec, S. Bhargava, T.A. Blanchet, Tribology Transactions, 57 (2014) 821-830. |X|“Degradation of Ion-Exchange Strengthened Glasses due to Surface Stress Relaxation”. J.H. Seaman, P.J. Lezzi, T.A. Blanchet, M. Tomozawa, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 403 (2014) 113-123.|X|“Vapor-phase Lubrication for High Temperature Bearings”. T.A. Blanchet. Encyclopedia of Tribology, Q.J. Wang and Y-W. Chung, eds., Springer (2013) 3966-3971.|X|“Evaluation of Residual Curvature in Two-Point Bent Glass Fibers”, M. Tomozawa, P.J. Lezzi and T.A. Blanchet, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 364 (2013) 77-84.|X|“Strength Increase of Silica Glass Fibers by Surface Stress Relaxation: A New Mechanical Strengthening Method”. P.J. Lezzi, Q.R. Xiao, M. Tomozawa, T.A. Blanchet, C.R. Kurkjian, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 379 (2013) 95-106.|X|“Suppression of Wear in Graphene Polymer Composites”, S.S. Kandanur, M.A. Rafiee, F. Yavari, M. Schrameyer, Z-Z. Yu, T.A. Blanchet and N. Koratkar, Carbon. 50 (2012) 3178-3183.|X|“Friction and Wear of Polymer Materials”. T.A. Blanchet. Handbook of Tribology, Volume II: Theory and Design, R.W. Bruce, ed., CRC Press (2012) chapter 34, pp. 1-14.|X|“CrN-Ag Nanocomposite Coatings: High Temperature Tribological Response”, C.P. Mulligan, T.A. Blanchet and D. Gall. Wear. 269 (2010) 125-131.|X|“Coupled Effect of Filler Content and Countersurface Roughness on PTFE Nanocomposite Wear Resistance”, T.A. Blanchet, S.S. Kandanur and L.S. Schadler. Tribology Letters. 40 (2010) 11-21.|X|“Evolution of Wear, Roughness, and Friction of Alloy 600 Superalloy Surfaces in Water-Submersed Sliding.” T. Hermann, T.A. Blanchet and N.F. Panayotou. Wear. 268 (2010) 126-132.|X|“Load Redistribution on Lead Screw Threads Wearing under Varying Operating Conditions.” D.J. Murphy and T.A. Blanchet. ASME Journal of Tribology. 130 (2008) 045001.|X|“High-Temperature Evaluation of Solid Lubricant Coatings in a Foil Thrust Bearing.” C.E Fanning and T.A. Blanchet. Wear. 265 (2008) 1076-1086.|X|“Effect of Particle Size on the Wear Resistance of Alumina-filled PTFE Micro- and Nano-Composites”. S.E. McElwain, T.A. Blanchet, L.S. Schadler and W.G. Sawyer. Tribology Transactions. 51 (2008) 247-253.|X|“The Effect of Countersurface Thermal Properties on the Melt Wear of Aluminum”. E.E. Balic and T.A. Blanchet. Wear. 263 (2007) 609-613.|X|“The Effect of Pre-Irradiation Vacuum Storage on the Oxidation and Wear of Radiation Sterilized UHMWPE”. B.R. Burroughs and T.A. Blanchet. Wear. 261 (2006) 1277-1284.|X|“Applying Research Methods to Accident Investigations”. J.M. Kolly and T.A. Blanchet. Journal of Accident Investigation. 1 (2005) 14-22.|X|“High Velocity Oxyfuel Deposition for Low Surface Roughness PS304 Self-Lubricating Composite Coatings”. J.H. Kim, T.A. Blanchet, and S.J. Calabrese. Tribology Transactions. 47 (2004) 157-169.|X|“Geometry Effects in High Temperature Vapor Phase Lubrication using Hydrocarbon Gases”. J.E. Gardner, W.G. Sawyer and T.A. Blanchet. Lubrication Science. 14 (2002) 131-145.