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 - Luleå »
City: Luleå


Associate Professor Andreas Almqvist is a researcher and teacher at the Division of Machine Elements at Luleå University of technology. His research focus has always been on how roughness affects the conditions in both lubricated and unlubricated contacts such as those found in bearings, hydraulic motors, seals, etc. He is responsible for the modeling and simulation branch at the division and he provides guidandace for doktorate students in different projects of this character. 

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Andreas is responsible for and he is teaching in a variety of courses related to the subjects of Machine Elements and Tribology on bachelor's level, master's level and for doktorate students:

Course examiner for the bachelor's level course M0012T - Machine Components 

Course examiner for the master's level course  M7024T - Simulations in Tribology

Lecturer in the master's level course M7018T - Advanced Machine Elements

Other courses given by the Division of Machine Elements: 


CV (Updated May 2015)

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.
  • SAGE Best Paper Award for 2014 for the paper: Experimental and numerical investigations of oil film formation and friction in a piston ring–liner contact in Proceedings of the IMechE, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology.

Supervision acting as main supervisor at present 

  • Mohammad Shirzadegan - Modelling the effects of slip in EHL contacts. Fully financed by our industrial partners, Bosch Germany, Scania and Hägglunds Drives.
  • Francesc Perez Rafols – Modelling and analysis of leakage in seals. Fully financed by Royal Dutch Shell, The Netherlands.
  • Markus Söderfjäll – Simulating friction and ring dynamics in piston ring - cylinder lubrication, Financed by Swedish Energy Agency

Supervision history – Assistant supervisor up do Ph.D.:

  • Emmanuel Kwame Essel; Homogenization of Reynolds equations and of some parabolic problems via Rothe's method, 2008.
  • John Fabricius; A study of the influence of boundary roughness in thin-film flow through homogenization, 2011.
  • Andrew Spencer; A simulation tool for optimising combustion engine cylinder liner surface texture, 2014.
  • Joel Furustig; Semi-deterministic numerical simulations of wear on various scales: From chemo-mechanical effects to the wear of components in orbital type hydraulic motors, 2014

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.

Granted funding

  • 2015-2018, New Concepts in Thin Film Flow Modelling, Swedish Research Council (2014-4894).
  • 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

Additional information

Invited speaker

Expert reviewer

  • Professional reviewer of proposals for Czech Science Foundation

External examiner

  • Gregory de Boer, for the degree of PhD. Thesis entitled A two-scale approach to elastohydrodynamic lubrication, 2015

Chairman of the organising committee

  • TS2013 of IFTOMM held at Luleå University 19-21 March 2013

Editor of Scientific Journal

  • Guest Editor for the ITS2013 special issue in Lubrication Science

Co-authors (with joint publications)

B.N.J. Persson (Germany) – R.S. Dwyer-Joyce (UK) – R. Larsson (Sweden) – P. Wall (Sweden) –
N. Almqvist (Sweden) – C. Campañá (Canada) - J. Dasht (Sweden) - E. K. Essel (Ghana) - J. Fabricius (Sweden) - M. Grahn (Sweden) - P. Jonsén (Sweden) -  P. M. Lugt (Holland) - D. Lukkassen (Norway) - A. Meidell (Norway) – I. Minami (Japan) – D. Nilsson (Sweden) – L.-E. Persson (Sweden) - S. Glavatskih (Sweden) - T. Almqvist (Sweden) - P. Marklund (Sweden) - N. Prodanov (Ukraine) - F. Sahlin (Sweden) - A. Spencer (Sweden) – J. Furustig (Sweden) – R. I. Taylor (UK) – F. Sahlin (Sweden) – I. Dobryden (Sweden) – L. Pelcastre (Sweden) – E. Y. Avan (UK)



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

    Furustig, J., Almqvist, A., Pelcastre, L., Bates, C. A., Ennemark, P. &Larsson, R.2016In : Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Proceedings. Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. Low degree of freedom approach for predicting friction in elastohydrodynamically lubricated contacts

    Shirzadegan, M., Björling, M., Almqvist, A.&Larsson, R.2016In : Tribology International.94, p. 560-57011 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Modelling and simulation of colliding asperities

    Kang, S., Almqvist, A., Jonsén, P.&Larsson, R.2016In : International Journal of Solids and Structures.14 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. Modelling of leakage on metal-to-metal seals

    Perez Rafols, F., Larsson, R.&Almqvist, A.2016In : Tribology International.94, p. 421-4277 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. A two scale mixed lubrication wearing-in model, applied to hydraulic motors

    Furustig, J., Almqvist, A., Bates, C. A., Ennermark, P. &Larsson, R.2015In : Tribology International.90, p. 248–2569 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article


Published: 28 August 2006

Updated: 9 June 2015