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This two day event will attempt to address current challenges in productivity through Tribology and materials and surface coatings and will provide an update of the latest developments in materials analysis equipment in this field.

2018 Programme

The 2018 Programme is still in development, however you can download the most up to date version below.

New Challenges in Tribology Programme 2018

Meet the speakers

This event will bring together leading members from the community to hear key information from our invited speakers.

Stay tuned for further speaker announcements in the lead up to this event.

Day one speakers:

Speaker: Professor Hugh Spikes, Imperial College London

Presentation title: Stress Augmented Thermal Activation - A New Paradigm in Tribology

Bio: Professor Spikes’ research interests span a wide range of liquid lubrication research, including hydrodynamic, elastohydrodynamic and boundary lubrication. A particular interest has been thin film lubrication and the influence of lubricant composition on the film-forming properties of lubricants and thus on friction and wear performance.


Speaker: Prof. & Dr. Susanne Norgren

Organisation: Uppsala University, Sweden

Presentation title: Challenges in Tribology when replacing cobalt based hard metal with alternative binders in metal cutting and rock drilling

Speaker: Dr Chris Warrens, BP

Presentation title: Formulating Engine Oils to Optimise Fuel Economy in Current and Future Engines

Bio: Chris Warrens has a D. Phil in chemistry from the university of Sussex and has worked for BP for 30 years. He is an Expert Technologist at the BP Technology Centre in Pangbourne and works in the Research and Innovation department. His research interests include the application of Tribology to lubrication of engines and has a special interest in understanding engine oil formulation impacts on engine and vehicle fuel efficiency.


Speaker: Dr Tian Weixue

Presentation title: Collaborative Test and Simulation to Meet Tribology Challenges in Powertrain Components

Bio: Dr Tian spent the last six years in Caterpillar developing simulation technology to meet challenges in Tribology. He has lead team to develop predictive technology for sleeve bearing seizure and wear, pin point joint galling, gear micropitting, camshaft scuffing and pitting etc. He is currently leading efforts to develop deep collaboration between simulation and test to solve the Tribology problems for powertrain components in severe applications.


Day two speakers:


Speaker: Paul Heinz Mayrhofer

Organisation: TU Wien, Austria

Presentation title: Innovative Materials Design for Improved Tribological Performance of Hard Coatings


Speaker: Professor Mark Gee, National Physical Laboratory

Presentation title: Real Time Visualisation of Wear Damage: A New Paradigm

Bio: Mark leads projects that are concerned with the development of an improved metrology for friction and wear testing in the UK. Particular research interests are the mechanisms of abrasive and erosive wear for ceramics and other hard materials, and the development of in situ real-time measurement techniques.


Speaker: Arutiun P. Ehiasarian

Organisation: Sheffield Hallam University

Presentation title: Tribological Behaviour of the Material with HIPIMS Technology


Speaker: Dr Andrew Jardine

Organisation: Cambridge University

Presentation title: Characterising the Wear Resistance of Diamond Tooling


Speaker: Dr Nishil Malde

Organisation: Anton Parr, UK

Presentation title: TBC


Speaker: Dr Jeff Rao

Organisation: Dr Nishil Malde, Anton Parr, UK

Presentation title: Smart Nanocomposite Coating Systems