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TriboUK 2013 - The Future of Tribology


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10th TriboUK Conference
The TriboUK conference is an annual student networking event, based mainly in the UK but still open to internationally-based research students.

This student-led conference provides an opportunity for researchers in the field of tribology to meet and develop a base for academic and industrial networking.

Having played host to the first TriboUK conference, the event now returns to the University of Leeds for its 10th occurrence. This event is open to all tribology research students.

Conference Activities
This two day event will be held on 25-26 March 2013 and will provide activities of oral and poster presentations by the students, along with keynote speeches from leading tribologist and tours of the laboratories. An evening outing on the 25th of March will also follow to showcase the limelight of Leeds.

Attendees are encouraged to either present orally (limited spaces) or showcase a poster (unlimited spaces). First year and PhD students are encouraged to provide an oral presentation to provide a more in-depth experience in their field, prior to their work conducted and also enhance their presentation skills. Poster presentation on the other hand, can be provided no matter what stage of your PhD you are in and also to gain experience in showcasing a poster.

Oral and poster presenters are also required to produce a one page extended abstract (guidelines to follow) to provide a proceedings for the Tribo-UK Conference. Similarly, prizes will be handed over to the best oral and poster presentation, judged by a panel drawn from the organisers.

Key Dates
Registration: 1st March 2013
Presentations Abstract Deadline: 1st March 2013
Poster Abstract Deadline 1st March 2013

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Monday 25 - Tuesday 26 March 2013

Venue: University of Leeds

  Monday 25th March 2013
13:00 Registration and Coffee 
13:30 Introduction 
14:00 Keynote Speaker
14:30 3 x Speakers (15 minutes + 5 minutes questions)
15:30 Coffee
16:00 3 x Speakers (15 minutes + 5 minutes questions)
17:00 Close

  Tuesday 26th March 2013
09:00 Welcome and Coffee 
09:30 Keynote Speaker
10:00 3 x Speakers (15 minutes + 5 minutes questions)
11:00 Coffee
11:30 3 x Speakers (15 minutes + 5 minutes questions)
12:30 Lunch and Poster Session
14:00 3 x Speakers (15 minutes + 5 minutes questions)
15:30 Coffee and Close

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Speaker profiles

Professor Duncan Dowson

Duncan Dowson

Professor Dowson is considered the father of the science of tribology (friction, wear and lubrication) in the UK, having revolutionised the approach to, and the understanding of, significant aspects of the subject. His seminal work has enhanced understanding and spawned new developments and designs in areas as diverse as rotating machinery, internal combustion engines and bio-tribology – particularly natural and artificial human joints.

His major research interests are elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication and bio-tribology. He has received major awards from international institutions. He was co-founder of the Leeds–Lyon Symposia on Tribology and has edited a number of leading journals.

Duncan Dowson was appointed Professor of Engineering Fluid Mechanics and Tribology in the University of Leeds in 1966. He served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of Mechanical Engineering at Leeds and is currently a member of Court.  

Honorary Degrees have been awarded by European and UK Universities. He received the international Tribology Trust Gold Medal (1979), in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field. He currently holds Visiting Academic positions in four UK Universities.

Professor Anne Neville

Anne Neville

Anne Neville is Professor of Tribology and Surface Engineering, in the School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds. She was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010, and also awarded a 10-year research chair in emerging technologies by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2008 – the first of its kind to be awarded by the Academy.

Her main research interests include corrosion and tribo-corrosion, lubrication and wear, and mineral scaling. Her research is funded by EPSRC, ERC, FPVII EU, NHS, RAEng and Industry. Anne Neville has received many international awards including, Elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, 2010; Institution of Mechanical Engineering, Donal Julius Groen Prize for achievements in Tribology, 2011.

She is Editor-in-Chief for Tribology: Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces, published by Maney and IoM3 and serves on the Editorial Board of 4 other major peer-reviewed journals. She has over 200 original publications in major peer review journals.

Professor Allan Matthews

Allan Matthews

Allan Matthews joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the University of Sheffield at the beginning of 2003, having spent the previous 21 years at Hull University, where he was Director of the Research Centre in Surface Engineering. He spent his early career in the UK aerospace industry. He is co-author of Coatings Tribology (Elsevier) and several other books. He has also published over 300 refereed papers, and is listed as a 'Highly Cited" researcher on the ISI Web of KnowledgeSM on-line platform. He currently holds eleven patents (eight granted and three pending). He is Editor of the journal Surface and Coatings Technology.

His main interests are in plasma-based surface engineering processes for coatings and treatments. Coatings studied include metals, ceramics and nanocomposites of combined phases. Applications range from tribological (friction and wear) to thermal barriers and high temperature corrosion-control layers. The processes under investigation are also used to produce coatings for a wide range of functional uses, including biomedical and optical. The research is therefore wide ranging, and includes:

  • Surface Engineering processes – especially plasma-based coating and treatment methods, including process diagnostics and modelling.
  • Computer-based coating selection systems.
  • Test and evaluation methods for coatings – especially for friction, wear, adhesion and corrosion behaviour. Surface characterisation/analysis is also carried out.
  • Modelling of coating properties and deformation behaviour.

Tribology research at Leeds

The study of friction, lubrication and wear under the collective name “Tribology” has been an area of research in the School of Mechanical Engineering for over a century.

As such, tribological research is extremely broad, covering basic, strategic and applied threads with both analytical and experimental contributions.

The laboratory facilities are extensive, with many basic tribometers, bespoke simulation rigs and devices to test real applications supported by analytical instruments to characterise materials, surfaces and lubricants at the minute scales required for this discipline.

Alongside this sit theoretical studies of the tribology of a wide range of engineering component systems to predict lubrication, friction and wear and simulate the complex interactions between lubrication, friction and wear during their lifetime.

We also lead and host the highly regarded research conference “The Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology” with colleagues at INSA de Lyon in France.

This event has become an annual feature in the international research calendar since its inception in 1974 and attracts researchers and practitioners in tribology from all around the world.

We have recently installed a state-of-the-art PVD system (Hauzer) and now have a multi-capability thin film coating partnership with Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam Universities.

Further Information

The Institute of Engineering Thermofluids, Surfaces and Interfaces (iETSI)