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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
Fyra doktorer från ME
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.

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Researchers lead major project in the energy sector

Luleå University of Technology has been granted a Vinnova project in collaboration with Vattenfall and several other companies in the energy sector. The purpose of the project is to increase the service life and durability of turbines in hydropower plants.

Andreas Almqvist
Research that will reduce resistance while skiing

Friction between ski and snow is a known braking force for cross-country skiers. In a new study published in Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, researchers at Luleå University of Technology's Ski- and Snow lab provide a scientific perspective on the reduction of snow friction during skiing.

Roland Larsson
"It's more fun to become an engineer today because our role now is to save the world"

Roland Larsson is Professor and Head of subject of Machine elements and one of two scientific leaders of Creaternity.

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"Our job is to bring science into skiing"

See how doctoral students Joakim Sandberg, Kalle Kalliorinne and Gustav Hindér use knowledge about friction and snow tribology to make skis glide faster. The doctoral students work within the Ski and Snow Lab, in collaboration with the Swedish Olympic Committee and the waxing teams from the biathlon and cross-country national teams.

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.