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Hands on Tribology Experiments at the University of Southampton Science and Engineering Day

On Saturday 18th March, over 7000 visitors experienced a wide variety of experiments at the University of Southampton as part of the Southampton Science and Engineering Festival.

Experts from academia and industry discuss the current tribological challenges in the field of transport

The two-day ‘Challenges in Tribology’ event, organised by the IET Tribology Network, brought together experts from academia and industry to discuss the current tribological challenges in the field of transport, along with the developments of materials and surface coatings for use in extreme environments. Delegates were treated to a wide variety of presentations and posters, along with a discussion forum at the end of each day. It is difficult to summarise such a broad range of topics that were presented over the two days.

Dr Peter Jost CBE 1921-2016

It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing away of Peter Jost at the age of 95.

UK Tribology Launch Event

The UK has a strong tribology and surface engineering base (both industrial and academic), but due to the fragmentation of activity within the UK the impact on reducing the very high cost (circa 1.4% of GDP) of uncontrolled friction, lubrication, surface selection and wear control within industry has been limited. Five key learned societies (IET, IMechE, IOM3, IoP and RSC), have come together to form UK Tribology.

UK Tribology meets with the Royal Society of Chemistry

On 15th October 2014 members of the UK Tribology committee met with the committee of the RSC’s Applied Materials Chemistry Group (AMCG) to discuss how the RSC could become involved with UK Tribology.

IET Tribology Tour 2014-15: Bringing Tribology to Life

The science and engineering of friction, wear and lubrication – collectively known as Tribology – is fundamental to energy production, manufacturing, transport, healthcare and many other industries.

Tribology can be applied wherever there are mechanical interfaces in relative motion and there is a desire to improve efficiency, reliability or cost-effectiveness.

Tribology can open up exciting and powerful paths to new technological solutions. It improves the sustainability of products and systems, benefits the environment and increases economic competitiveness.

EPSRC - "Willetts announces £350 million for PhD training in over 70 new centres"

72 new Centres for Doctoral Training have today been approved by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, with £350 million of investment and connected to over 1000 industrial and academic partners. 24 UK universities are sharing this investment; the largest ever in postgraduate research in the UK.

The Glasgow Science Centre tower - (almost) the first fully rotating tower in the world

The tower of the Glasgow Science Centre, a 127m tall steel and glass construction, held the Guiness World Record for the "tallest fully rotating tower" when it was first opened in 2001. However, since then it has been plagued by problems with the mechanism allowing the tower to rotate - a unique thrust bearing. The BBC has been reporting on its progress this year. - "Workers dragged Forbidden City stones along roads of artificial ice"

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing have revealed that, in the 15th and 16th Centuries, the Chinese used artifical roads of ice to help transport the stones used to build China's Forbidden City.  This demonstrates an advanced understanding of friction and lubrication for the time.

ETH Zurich - "Why concrete tends to thicken"

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Eidgenössiche Technische Hochschule Zürich) have described the mechanism behind shear thickening - the increase in viscosity due to speed of particle suspensions.  Their research has great significance to the cement industry.