Andreas Almqvist

Title: Associate Professor
Organization: Luleå University of Technology
Research Area: Machine Elements
Division: Machine Elements
Department: Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
Phone: +46 (0)920 492407
Room: E837a - show on map »
City: Luleå


Andreas Almqvist's research belongs to the field of Tribology. The research is theoretically biased and deals with modelling and simulation of tribological contacts. The focus is on the influence of surface roughness on film formation, friction and wear.  The effects that arise in these type of contacts has been paid special interest, e.g., real area of contact in an unlubricated contact , the load carrying capacity and powerloss in a hydrodynamically lubricated contact, etc.

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Doctoral degree
Ph.D. in Machine Elements, 22 September, 2006. On the Effects of Surface Roughness in Lubrication. Supervisor; Prof. Roland Larsson, Luleå University of Technology. Co-supervisor; Prof. Peter Wall, Luleå University of Technology

Docent (Associate Professor)
10 November 2010

Previous Employments

  • January 2009 – January 2012: Assistant Senior lecturer (Forskarassistent) financed by Vetenskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council) at the division of Machine Elements, LTU.
  • January 2007 – January 2009: Post doc - Marie Curie Fellowship at Shell Global Solutions UK under the Transfer of knowledge act.
  • September 2006 – January 2007: Assistant University lecturer at the division of Machine Elements, LTU.
  • January 2002 – September 2006: Ph.D Student at the division of Machine Elements, LTU.

Academic Awards

  • The Best Licentiate thesis 2005 at Luleå University of Technology certified by Vattenfall AB Vattenkraft.
  • The Best Ph.D. thesis 2006 at Luleå University of Technology certified by Norrbottens forskningsråd.
  • Kungliga Skyttanska Samfundet - Young researchers award, 2010.
  • Nominee for Best Supervisor at Luleå University of Technology 2011 and 2012

Best Paper Awards

  • SAGE Best Paper Award for 2010 for the two part paper: A mixed lubrication model incorporating measured surface topography: Part I & II in Proceedings of the IMechE, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology.
  • Duncan Dowson’s Prize at the 37th Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology for the paper: A semi-deterministic texture-roughness model of the piston ring to cylinder liner, Presented in Leeds, September 2010.

Granted funding

  • 2009-2013, Predicting tribological performance for improved energy efficiency, Swedish Research Council (2008-22253-58436-72).
  • 2010-2012, Advanced Lubrication Modelling, Grant agreement no PERG06-GA-2009-250623, Marie Curie European Reintegration Grants (ERG) Call: FP7-PEOPLE-RG-2009


Assistant supervisor for the Ph.D. students:

  • Emmanuel Kwame Essel up to Ph.D; Homogenization of Reynolds equations and of some parabolic problems via Rothe's method, 2008.
  • John Fabricius up to Ph.D; A study of the influence of boundary roughness in thin-film flow through homogenization, 2011.

Current Ph.D. students:

  • Patrik Isaksson - Modelling and simulation of EHL in conformal contacts
  • Andrew Spencer - Modelling and simulation of piston ring - cylinder liner lubrication
  • Joel Andersson - Modelling of friction and wear of rough interfaces
  • Shaojie Kang - Contact mechanics at the surface micro and nano scale
  • Markus Söderfjäll - Simulating friction and ring dynamics in prcl lubrication
  • Mohammad Shirzadegan  - Modelling the effects of slip in EHL contacts

I have supervised a number of Master Degree Projects. In particular F. Xavier Borras: Multiphysics Modelling of Spring-Supported Thrust Bearings for Hydropower Applications presented at the 2012 COMSOL Conference in Milan, Italy.


I am or have been collaborating with the following postdoctoral researchers (with joint publications):

J. Dasht (Sweden), E. K. Essel (Ghana), J. Fabricius (Sweden), R. Larsson (Sweden), A. Meidell (Norway), D. Lukkassen, (Norway), L.-E. Persson, (Sweden), P. Wall, (Sweden), S. Glavatskih, (Sweden), R. Larsson, (Sweden), T. Almqvist, (Sweden), P. Marklund, (Sweden), F. Sahlin, (Sweden), D. Nilsson, (Sweden), P. M. Lugt, (Holland), R. I. Taylor, (UK). B. N. J. Persson, (Germany).


  1. A strategy of wear analysis using numerical and experimental tools, applied to orbital type hydraulic motors

    Furustig, J. ,Almqvist, A. ,Pelcastre, L. ,Larsson, R. , Bates, C. A. & Ennemark, P.2015 In :Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Proceedings. Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science .

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. A wear model for EHL contacts in gerotor type hydraulic motors

    Furustig, J. ,Larsson, R. ,Almqvist, A. , Bates, C. A. & Ennermark, P.2015 In :Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Proceedings. Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science .229 ,2 ,p. 254-26411 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Modelling and simulation of colliding asperities

    Kang, S. ,Almqvist, A. ,Jonsén, P.&Larsson, R.2015 In :International Journal of Solids and Structures .14 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. A new approach for studying cavitation in lubrication

    Almqvist, A. ,Fabricius, J. ,Larsson, R.&Wall, P.2014 In :Journal of Tribology .136 ,1 ,6 p. 011706

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Editorial

    Hardell, J. ,Almqvist, A. ,Prakash, B. , Neville, A. & Liśkiewicz, T. W.2014 In :Tribology (Leeds) .8 ,2 ,p. 55-562 p.

    Publication: ResearchEditorial


Published: 28 August 2006

Updated: 9 April 2010

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