Researching the prediction of friction

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An EPSRC Programme Grant

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Researching the prediction of friction

An EPSRC Programme Grant

Reactive Surfaces

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An EPSRC Programme Grant

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Reactive Surfaces

An EPSRC Programme Grant

Extreme Surfaces

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An EPSRC Programme Grant

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Extreme Surfaces

An EPSRC Programme Grant

Non-linear Systems

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An EPSRC Programme Grant

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Non-linear Systems

An EPSRC Programme Grant

Particles and 2nd Phase

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An EPSRC Programme Grant

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Particles and 2nd Phase

An EPSRC Programme Grant

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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.

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Challenge 1 Reactive Surfaces

Tribochemistry and tribocorrosion in asperity contact and boundary lubrication conditions

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Challenge 2 Extreme Surfaces

Highly transitory contact, 3rd body layers and complex materials

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Challenge 3 Non-linear Systems

“Soft” Biological systems and poroelasticity

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Challenge 4 Particles and 2nd Phase

Particle-particle friction in complex contact conditions

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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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Friction: The Tribology Enigma is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, under grant no. EP/R001766/1