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IET Tribology Tour 2014-15: Bringing Tribology To Life


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The talk will demonstrate to practicing engineers and students that tribology, the science and engineering of friction, wear and lubrication, is fundamental to energy production, manufacturing, transport, healthcare and many other industries.

Date and Time

23 October 2014 - 19:00-20:45


Southampton, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Jointly organised by the UK - South: Solent local network and the Tribology TPN.

About this event

The science and engineering of friction, wear and lubrication – collectively known as Tribology – is fundamental to energy production, manufacturing, transport, healthcare and many other industries.  Tribology can be applied wherever there are mechanical interfaces in relative motion and there is a desire to improve efficiency, reliability or cost-effectiveness.

Tribology can open up exciting and powerful paths to new technological solutions. It improves the sustainability of products and systems, benefits the environment and increases economic competitiveness.

In association with IET Local Networks, the IET Tribology Network will visit eight locations for a series of evening talks, aiming to bring Tribology to life through real examples and case studies.  The IET Tribology Tour will demonstrate to practicing engineers and students that Tribology is so essential and widespread that many engineers are already tribologists without realising it.

We are pleased to invite you along to be informed and inspired!


Dr Martin Stolz and Dr Ling Wang, are from the National Centre for Advanced Tribology (nCATS) at Southampton University

Martin joined nCATS in August 2009.  His work is at the cutting edge of life sciences and requires a highly interdisciplinary approach involving clinicians, biologists, physicists and engineers with particular focus on the mechanobiology of tissues and changes due to diseases at the nanometer scale.  Prior to his appointment he worked at the Maurice E. Mueller Institute for Structural Biology, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland, working in Prof Ueli Aebi’s group from 1997 to 2009. He was also involved in the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Nanoscale Science.  Recently, Martin and his co-workers employed IT-AFM for the early detection of aging cartilage and osteoarthritis in mice and patient samples.  This work received plenty of excellent feedback from international TV and print news coverage, but also from the scientific community.

Ling has been a lecturer in condition monitoring of tribological systems at nCATS since 2007.  She has published over 80 peer reviewed papers and conducted collaborative research projects with a wide range of industrial partners including Rolls-Royce plc., GE Aviation, Vestas Wind Systems, Shell Global Solutions, Afton Chemical Corporation, BP and AgustaWestland etc.  Ling obtained both her BSc and MSc in Chemistry from Nankai University China before she came to England in 1996.  She then obtained her PG Diploma in Environmental Engineering from Portsmouth University and her PhD in Systems Engineering from Nottingham Trent University before she joined the University of Southampton in 2001 as a research fellow.  She became a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy since 2011.


18:30  Refreshments and networking
19:00  Lecture starts
20:45  Finish  (approximate time)

Additional information

This event is presented by the IET Tribology Community in collaboration with the IET Solent Network.

Contact: Solent Main Network Events Committee Chairman

Download the poster for this event.

This event will be held in the Hartley Suite in Building 38 on the map. In the evening parking may be found in the Gower car park (next to building 59 on the map).

Registration information

Advance registration is required for this event.


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