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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 - Associate 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
Jens Hardell
The students choose Jens Hardell as the best teacher of the year

Jens Hardell, a teacher of mechanical engineering at Luleå University of Technology, has received two awards for his pedagogical efforts. Prize for best teacher, awarded by the Engineering Student Union, and the university's pedagogical prize.

Pedagogiskt pris
The head of division awarded for his pedagogical merits

Jens Hardell has been awarded the University's pedagogical prize: Distinguished initiatives for the benefit of education at undergraduate and advanced level

Yijun Shi
Yijun Shi, Professor of Machine Elements

Yijun Shi is driven by the desire to do something that benefits the environment and people. He has already come a long way by manufacturing a sustainable lubricant that has both won awards for its innovative and environmentally friendly technology, and entered an international market. His dream is to develop the new green lubricants that will be used in all cars and machines in the world in the future.

Fast, faster, fastest – the ski, the structure and the snow

The interest in Luleå University of Technology's full-day seminar with a focus on cross-country skiing was record high. Over 750 listeners wanted to take part in tips from the election manager, general secretary and development managers at national team level, researchers at Luleå University of Technology and other highly interesting guests. Below is a recording from the seminar which is available until Sunday 7 November.

Visit from the Swedish Olympic Committee

The Swedish Olympic Committee (SOK) recently visited Luleå University of Technology. It was operations manager Peter Reinebo and sports and development manager Johan Flodin who got to see the plans in sports research at the university and hear about the operations in ski friction at the department of machine elements.

Photo: Tomas Bergman
Ski researcher selected by the Swedish Olympic Committee

The Swedish Olympic Committee, SOK, continues its investment in research and education by identifying and providing support to six strong Swedish sports researchers. Andreas Almqvist, professor of Machine Elements at Luleå University of Technology, is one of them, and together with SOK and the national waxing team, he is now aiming at developing the world's fastest ski for the Olympic Games in Beijing 2022.