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Machine Elements, tribology research

Frontier research in tribology through investigation of lubrication, friction and wear

Close collaboration in research between industry and LTU

The Division of Machine Elements at Luleå University of Technology has world leading research competence in the field of tribology, i.e. lubrication, friction and wear.
Substantial costs are incurred in industry every year as a direct or indirect result of friction and wear.
In process industry, almost half of all operating costs are related to maintenance caused by friction and wear.
Tribologists at Luleå University of Technology work in close cooperation with industry in solving problems linked to lubrication, friction and wear. Our inudstrial partners includes e.g.  Scania, BorgWarner, Volvo Construction Equipment, SKF, Gestamp HardTech, Shell, Bosch Rexroth and more.

 

 

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Head of Division

Jens Hardell

Hardell, Jens - Professor, Head of Division

Organisation: Machine Elements, Machine Elements, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
Phone: +46 (0)920 491774

Head of Subject

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
Roland Larsson
Professor Roland Larsson elected to IVA

The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, (IVA), has elected new members. One of them is Roland Larsson, professor of Machine Elements at Luleå University of Technology. He becomes a member of IVA's Mechanical Engineering department.

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New method calculates pressure distribution between ski and snow

Researchers at Luleå University of Technology have developed a new AI-based method to simulate the contact between the ski's tension curve and virtual snow. With the new method, it is possible to calculate the pressure distribution between ski and snow, which is so important to skiing.

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Ready for the final in Forskar Grand Prix

Now it's time for the final in the Forskar Grand Prix at Nalen in Stockholm. On December 1, researchers compete to see who can present their research as comprehensible, captivating and inspiring as possible - in just four minutes. One of the finalists is Maksim Nikonovich, PhD student in Machine Elements at Luleå University of Technology.

Elliptical economy – even more sustainable than circular

Bringing about a more circular use of materials is an important piece of the puzzle to succeed in the green transition. Now Roland Larsson, Professor of Machine elements at Luleå University of Technology, takes it one step further. – We must strive for an elliptical economy that is even more sustainable than the circular one, because the products' use phase will then be longer, he says.

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Four doctors from Machine Elements finally got their hats!

After the pandemic, the academic spring ceremony was celebrated for everyone who defended their doctoral thesis between 2019 and 2021. Four doctors from Machine Elements were there to get their hats during the ceremony and for the subsequent banquet.