The Cambridge Tribology Course: Friction, Wear and Lubrication

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Organiser: University of Cambridge The Cambridge Tribology Course: Friction, Wear and Lubrication
Location: Cambridge
Dates: September 11-13, 2017

This highly successful course, now in its 24th year, provides an insight into the principles which underlie this important topic. The course is run by the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering, a worldwide center of excellence in the field. Tribology - the science and technology of friction, wear and lubrication - makes a vital contribution to almost every area of industrial activity and yet is often under-represented in the education of scientists and engineers.

Course outline

The course consists of an intensive three-day program delivered by leading experts. It offers an excellent opportunity to gain an overview of the field of tribology. Lectures, combined with informal discussion periods and a workshop session, will cover the key elements of the subject and will be complemented by case studies drawn from current industrial practice.

Topics

  • Surface topography and contact mechanics
  • Hydrodynamic, elasto-hydrodynamic and boundary lubrication
  • Rheology and lubricant chemistry
  • Wear and friction of metals, ceramics and polymers
  • Surface engineering
  • Test methods in tribology
  • Industrial Case studies

Benefits of attending

  • Provides a comprehensive and cost effective overview of this vitally important area
  • Introduces the theory and practice of friction, wear and lubrication in an industrial context
  • Combines lectures and informal discussion periods with practice in problem solving
  • Gives valuable, informal access to leading experts
  • Enables networking with professionals from other sectors to share ideas and practice
  • Provides a comprehensive volume of course notes for all participants

Course program

Day 1

08.30 Registration

  • Structure of surfaces
  • Contact mechanics
  • Surface topography and surface contact
  • Rheology and lubricants
  • Fluid film lubrication (i)
  • Open forum

Walking tour of Cambridge

Day 2

  • Unlubricated friction
  • Fluid film lubrication (ii)
  • Surface engineering for Tribology
  • Lubricant chemistry
  • Introduction to sliding wear
  • Testing methods in tribology
  • Workshop session

Course dinner, Gonville & Caius

Day 3

  • Wear by hard particles
  • Wear of polymers
  • Case studies in surface engineering
  • Case studies in lubrication or Case studies in nano-tribology (option)
  • Tribology in practice

15.00 Course closes

Phone: +44 1223 766141
Email: [email protected]

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