Friction: The Tribology Enigma EPSRC Programme Grant
- Start date: 1 September 2017
- End date: 31 August 2022
- Funder: EPSRC
- Value: £5,689,042
- Partners and collaborators: University of Sheffield
- Primary investigator: 00901695
- Co-investigators: Professor Ardian Morina, Dr Mark Wilson, Professor Michael Bryant, Professor Mojtaba Ghadiri, Professor Nikil Kapur, Professor Rik Drummond-Brydson, Dr Shahriar Kosarieh, Dr Farnaz Motamen Salehi, Dr Ali Ghanbarzadeh
- External co-investigators: Professor Rob Dwyer-Joyce, Professor Roger Lewis, Professor Matt Carre, Professor Matt Marshall, Professor Beverley Inkson, Professor Mark Rainforth, Professor Steve Armes, Dr Tom Slatter, Dr Adrian Leyland
Friction plays a central role in life; in transport, in manufacturing, in process engineering, in medical devices and in everyday human activities yet we still struggle to predict friction in realistic engineering contacts. Understanding the physical and chemical processes at contacting interfaces is the only route to cracking the tribological enigma.
The vision of this Programme Grant is to develop a framework to facilitate the prediction of friction. Through four challenges we aim to make progress in the prediction of friction using advanced cross-cutting methodologies - advanced microscopy, synchrotron techniques, sensor technologies and advancing modelling frameworks. These challenge themes are reactive surfaces, extreme surfaces, non-linear systems and, particles and 2nd phase.
Publications and outputs
A list of outputs and publications is available on the project’s website.