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Welcome to the UK Tribology website

UK Tribology is a multi-institution collaboration designed to raise awareness of the subject and application of tribology; the study of interacting surfaces in relative motion or, in layman's terms: friction, wear and lubrication. If you're wondering how this effects you, please read on...

Our website is designed to act as a gateway to the latest developments and events relating to tribology in the UK, so that engineers and technical experts, business leaders and politicians, as well as the general public are made aware of just how important tribology is to all of us.  If you'd like to learn more about our aims and objectives, you can read more about us.

(This website is still being constructed, so please bear with us while we add content.  If you encounter any problems, please contact us to let us know so that we can resolve any issues.  Thanks, UKT Web Team) 

Recent news

WalesOnline - "How a love of Lego made me want to change the world"

Lecturer in Tribology and Applied Mechanics at Cardiff University, Dr. Alistair Clarke talks to WalesOnline about what inspired him to become an engineer and tribologist.

Engineers use ultrasound to improve the performance of household oils

Experts at the University of Sheffield have developed a test procedure to measure the performance of everyday household oils, such as WD-40 Multi-Use Product, which has many applications including loosening rusty bolts and removing dirt and heavy soiling from surfaces.

BBC - "Swedish friction experts on why curling stones curl"

Researchers at Uppsala University have explained why curling stones trace a curved path across the ice.

Upcoming events

First National Tribology Conference: Future Cities and Mobility

Thursday, 21 February 2019
This first national tribology conference organised by five professional bodies (IoP, IET, IOM3, IMechE and RSC) is truly multidisciplinary and aims to explore the tribological challenges of future cities and mobility and discus existing and future tribological solutions to enable this vision to be realised and for UK companies to innovate and lead the world through informed design.

New Challenges in Tribology 2019

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 - Thursday, 28 March 2019
A two-day meeting exploring challenges the tribology community face in 2019 organised the the Institution of Engineering Technology