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Young Scientists' Forum @ ITS2013

Publicerad: 26 april 2012

Challenges and Opportunities for Young Scientists in Tribology.
Panel discussion topic: “Simulation versus experiment, pros and cons”.



(1) Invite internationally leading young researchers to present case studies relating to their career development in tribology

(2) Provide a forum for active communication between young scientists, academics and commercial entities those interested in different aspect of Tribology

(3) Encourage and present opportunities for international research collaborations within the Tribology community.

(4) Actively distribute information and promote benefits of education and careers in matters related to or could be inspiring for Tribologist



Swedish Research School in Tribology and Division of Machine Element, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden



Nazanin Emami, DDS, PhD

Associate Professor

Biotribology Research group at

Division of Machine Element

Luleå University of Technology



Pär Marklund, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor

Tribotronic Research group

Division of Machine Element

Luleå University of Technology



Panel Discussion

Moderator: Professor Elmar Bonaccurso

Head of the experimental interface physics group and coordinator of the research area of the static and dynamic wettability at the center of smart interfaces (CSI) of the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

Research interest: Colloid and interface science with special concern on wetting of complex surfaces with complex fluids.

Dr Pär Jonsén

Associate Professor, Division of Mechanics of Solid Materials, Luleå University of Technology
Modelling and validation of multiphysics systems 
Research is focused on non-linear finite element simulation, particle based methods like smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) and particle finite element method (PFEM). 
The research field includes development of material models, energy based crack models, damage in green bodies, crack energy measurements
 and studying of stress fields in the powder pressing process. 

Dr. Christian Poelma

Laboratory for Aero & Hydrodynamics (3ME-P&E), Delft University of Technology 
Challenges in microscale fluid mechanics 
Microscale fluid mechanics has drawn significant attention in recent years, as it is relevant for a wide range of applications, ranging from biological flows (e.g. blood flow) to process intensification (e.g. lab-on-a-chip devices). While the basic governing equations are the same, the relevance of particular forces can be completely different than at large scales. 
The limitations of current experimental techniques and the difficulties of modeling and simulating complex flows will be presented.

Dr. Boris Lorenz 

Peter Grünberg Institut, FZ-Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany
Friction of elastomeric materials
Research focusses on development on novel approach towards contact mechanics and rubber friction. This theory has now been validated through experimental studies such as interfacial separation between two contacting solids, squeeze out of fluids from the contacting interface and heat transfer between rough surfaces.

Professor Marika Torbacke

Statoil Fuel & Retail and adjunct professor in the area of Tribochemistry at the division of Mashine elements, Luleå University of Technology.
Lubricant formulation for sustainable environment
Research is focused on industrial and automotive lubricants with a focus on environmentally adapted lubricants (EALs). 
The areas of research comprise EAL related research, elastomer interaction with lubricants, soft metal corrosion, and fatty acid methyl ester effect on engine oil ageing.
She has together with Åsa Kassman Rudolphi and Elisabet Kassfeldt written the book Lubricants – Properties and Performance. 
Marika Torbacke currently holds a position as a corporate project manager working with strategic and large projects within Statoil Fuel & Retail.