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Challenges in Tribology


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This two day event will attempt to address current challenges in transport and materials and surface coatings for use in extreme environments and will provide an update of the latest developments in materials analysis equipment in this field.

Date and Time

16 March 2017 - 09:30 to 17 March 2017 - 16:30


Birmingham, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Tribology TPN. Contact Ashley Rowe at arowe@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

This two-day event will attempt to address current challenges in the field of transport and for development of materials and surface coatings for use in extreme environments. The latter have many applications for friction and wear reduction in tools for machining and for components required for energy-efficient transport systems. There will be a two day programme of invited speakers, poster sessions, exhibitions of manufacturer’s equipment and a round-table discussion. There will be a two minute slot for brief presentations by poster authors and a prize for the best poster.

The issue of transportation and the environment is paradoxical in nature since transportation conveys substantial socioeconomic benefits, but at the same time, transportation is impacting environmental systems. From one side, transportation activities support increasing mobility demands for passengers and freight, while, on the other, transport activities are associated with growing levels of environmental issues. The growth of personal and freight mobility in recent decades have expanded the role of transportation as a source of emission of pollutants and their multiple impacts on the environment.

As the late Professor Peter Jost pointed out some years ago over 25-30% of our energy usage in running machines and transport systems is used in overcoming friction. More gains in energy-saving could be obtained by operating engines at higher temperatures where, not only fuel efficiency increases, but also, a fuller combustion process occurs which minimises ejection of unused fuel in the exhaust gases. To achieve such gains the development and analysis of new materials and coatings is essential. The speakers and discussion sessions will provide latest information and identify new challenges in all these areas.

Call for posters

Your chance to get involved - could you deliver a poster?

Do you have an exciting project that you're working on in the field of Tribology that could be of interest to your peers?

Tribology is the science and technology of interactive surfaces in relative motion. It incorporates various scientific and technological disciplines such as surface chemistry, fluid mechanics, materials, lubricants, contact mechanics, bearings, and lubrication systems. It is customarily divided into three fields: friction, lubrication, and wear, and most work in tribology covers at least two of these.

Submit a 200-word abstract for an opportunity to be invited to exhibit a poster and deliver a short presentation. There will even be a panel of judges on the day who will interview you informally and watch your session - with certificates being awarded!

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Tribology and tribo-engineering
  • Coatings and surface engineering
  • Testing and condition monitoring
  • Lubrication chemistry

Why exhibit a poster?

  • Meet potential employers from industry and academia
  • Network with your peers
  • Enter the competition to gain recognition for your achievements
  • Showcase your work and get expert feedback

Abstracts need to be received by Friday 24 February 2017. Please submit your abstract using this template to Ashley Rowe at arowe@theiet.org 


Please refer to the full programme for this event for further details which can be found on the IET Tribology Engineering Communities page.

(Presentation titles and speakers are subject to change)

Thursday 16th March 2017

'Transport Challenges'


Professor John Allport, BEng PhD CEng FIMechE FHEA, Professor of Automotive Engineering, Director of the Turbocharger Research Institute, School of Computing and Engineering, University of Huddersfield

Professor Roger Lewis, University of Sheffield

Doctor Martin Webster, ExxonMobil

Richard Wellman, Rolls-Royce plc

Professor Robert J. Wood, Associate Dean of Research, Director of the UK National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)

Paul Bonner, Croda International

Friday 17th March 2017

'Materials and Coatings for extreme environments'


Doctor Henry Begg, Senior Project Leader, Surface Engineering at TWI Ltd

Matthew Cawood, Castings Technology International

Professor Sarah Hainsworth, Head of Department of Engineering, University of Leicester

Professor Christian Mitterer, Professor for Functional Materials and Materials Systems, Head of Nano Surface Engineering Center, Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria

Professor Anne Neville OBE, University of Leeds

Reasons to attend

  • This event follows the success of the one day event 'New challenges in Tribology' by the IET Tribology Network on 05 April 2016
  • The two days will provide links with both the Transport and Materials and Surface Coatings industries
  • Invited speakers will give an overview of this important developing field
  • A discussion panel session will offer a unique opportunity to seek solutions to problems
  • Extended intervals between sessions will offer excellent networking opportunities
  • Members new to the field and students will have an opportunity to obtain an update in the field
  • This event will qualify for CPD hours


Free to attend

Additional information

Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities for this event are available. If interested, please contact Ashley Rowe at arowe@theiet.org for more information.

Registration information

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