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Academia and industry discussed tribology

Published: 17 November 2016

The annual conference Tribology Days brings together academia and industry to discuss the latest developments in tribology. The conference started with Nazanin Emami's inaugural lecture on multifunctional polymer composites for tribological applications.

– Multifunctional polymer composites has enormous potential to affect the sustainability and performance in a positive way by the reduction of size, weight, cost and power consumption, says Nazanin Emami.

Communicates research and listening to industry

Professor Roland Larsson is the subject representative for machine elements, the research group at Luleå University of Technology who works with tribology and the research is on a high international level.

– Tribology Days has become an important event for us to communicate our research with users in industry and at the same time be able to listen to the their needs of the new research. This year we had a nice mix of material tribology, tribology modeling and tribological condition monitoring. It is clearly visible that the field is developed in these directions. This is also the research areas that LuCenT - Luleå Centre for Tribology will focus on in the future, says Roland Larsson.

Meet at different locations in Sweden

This year the conference was held in Luleå, with Vetenskapens Hus and Luleå University of Technology as meeting places. Besides several presentations of tribology researchers, Henrik Mårtensson, Scania, and Jonas Ståhl, SKF also gave presentations. A visit to Gestamp HardTech, research partner with Luleå University of Technology, was also on the agenda.

– We have now held Tribology Days for 15 years, always in different places around Sweden with a company as host, this year it was Gestamp HardTech. We have been in several locations, such as Copenhagen, Ystad, Landskrona, Gothenburg, Trollhättan, Nynäshamn, Södertälje, Örnsköldsvik and Luleå. Next year the conference is hosted by Vattenfall and will be in Älvkarleby, says Roland Larsson.

– It is positive that this year the meeting did not only create a contact between the university and industry, but also provides an opportunity for the students in our Master's program in tribology, TRIBOS, to learn more about what happens in the Swedish tribology research, Roland Larsson concludes.


Roland Larsson

Larsson, Roland - Professor and Head of Subject

Organisation: Machine Elements, Machine Elements, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
Phone: +46 (0)920 491325