Tribological processes occur wherever surfaces are in contact with each other. The tribological contacts operate under very different operating conditions. Sometimes at high temperatures in the metal forming processes, sometimes under high speeds as in journal bearings, and sometimes at extreme contact pressures as in rolling bearings and gears.
Tribological phenomena such as wear and friction often hinders the development of new technology. Research in machine elements, therefore, aims to reduce wear, increase longevity, reduce energy consumption and improve comfort of various components and systems. Our interests include all kinds of components ranging from large bearings at power plants and mines to hip joint prostheses. Our research in tribology can be divided into a number of areas and more information about the activities in these areas is obtained by choosing in the menu on the left. Our research spans a wide range and requires expertise in areas such as fluid mechanics, materials engineering, hålllfasthetslära, physics and tribological chemistry. In order to develop good materials for hip and knee joints also requires knowledge in medical science. Since future machines will become increasingly intelligent and autonomous, we also need knowledge of electronics. The goal of our research is to both satisfy the need for new knowledge and the need to support industry with knowledge that they can directly apply in their own product.