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.
Tribochemistry and tribocorrosion in asperity contact and boundary lubrication conditions
Highly transitory contact, 3rd body layers and complex materials
“Soft” Biological systems and poroelasticity
Particle-particle friction in complex contact conditions
The Programme Grant is a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield with 18 Investigators and 8 Postdoctoral staff from both the institutions.
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