Andreas Almqvist
Andreas Almqvist

Andreas Almqvist

Luleå University of Technology
Machine Elements
Machine Elements
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
+46 (0)920 492407
E837a Luleå


I finished my 2nd cycle (MSc in) Engineering Physics studies at Luleå University of Technology (LTU) in December 2001 and started my 3rd cycle studies directly thereafter. In September 2006, I defended my computational tribology biased thesis entitled On the Effects of Surface Roughness in Lubrication, which comprises 7 papers on models and methods enabling numerical analysis of the effect of surface roughness in lubrication. After dissertation I moved to England to carry out 2-year postdoc (all of 2007 and 2008) under the Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge act, at Shell Global Solutions in Chester. I returned to LTU in January 2009 as forskningsassistent (doing 80% research and 20% teaching) on a 5-year contract granted funding from The Swedish Research Council (VR). In November 2010 I received the docent degree. In January 2012, I was employed as Associate Professor and given the responsibility for the modelling and simulation branch at the Division of Machine Elements, Luleå University of Technology. In May 2017, I was appointed Professor in Machine Elements. I’m the scientific leader for a 4-year computational tribology project financed by VR and I run student projects (detailed below) in cooperation with both academic and industrial partners. Since 2004, I’ve published over 80 peer-reviewed journal- and conference papers and my H-index is 22Google Scholar. The majority of the of the publications are modelling and simulation biased. I’ve been involved in the developing new applied math and in the application of novel multiphysics and multiscale models and methods to the field of Tribology. Much more applied work is, however, also part of my publication list. The last 3-4 years specific attention has been devoted modelling and simulation of leakage in seals and a fruitful collaboration between the Fluid Mechanics, Mathematics and Machine Elements divisions, has been established. I'm the Editor-in-Chief for The Proceedings of the IMechE Part J – Journal of Engineering Tribology, which is one of the major journals in the field. Since 2016, I’m a member of the NT-18 review panel for the call in Natural and Engineering Sciences of the Swedish Research Council (VR). I’m also engaged in teaching (1st, 2nd and 3rd cycle courses) and I contribute to the development of engineering education at LTU in my role as coordinator for the M.Sc. Programme in Engineering Physics. Recently, I've been Guest editor of a Special Issue - Multiphysics and Multiscale Models of Tribology in Lubricants

Research theme:

Computational Tribology

- Multiphysics & Multiscale modelling and simulation of Contact Mechanics, (EH)Lubrication and Leakage.

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Andreas is responsible for and teach a variety of courses related to the topics of machine elements and tribology on the first, second and graduate students:

Examiner for course at first level M0012T - Machine Components

Examiner for course at advanced level M7024T - Simulations in Tribology

Lecturer in courses at advanced level M7018T - Advanced Machine Elements

Other courses offered by the Division of Machine Elements:

CV (Updated Aug 2019)

Doctoral degree

Ph.D. in Machine Elements, 22 September, 2006. On the Effects of Surface Roughness in Lubrication. Supervisor; Prof. Roland Larsson, Luleå University of Technology. Co-supervisor; Prof. Peter Wall, Luleå University of Technology

Docent (Associate Professor)

10 November 2010

Previous Employments

  • January 2012 – May 2017: Permanent position as Associate Professor and responsible for the modelling and simulation branch at the Division of Machine Elements, LTU. 
  • January 2009 – January 2012: Assistant Senior lecturer (Forskarassistent) financed by Vetenskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council) at the division of Machine Elements, LTU.
  • January 2007 – January 2009: Post doc - Marie Curie Fellowship at Shell Global Solutions UK under the Transfer of knowledge act.
  • September 2006 – January 2007: Assistant University lecturer at the division of Machine Elements, LTU.
  • January 2002 – September 2006: Ph.D Student at the division of Machine Elements, LTU.

Academic Awards

  • Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) - award for research and development in the field of material science, 2017
  • Nominee for Best Supervisor at Luleå University of Technology 2011 and 2012
  • Kungliga Skyttanska Samfundet - Young researchers award, 2010.
  • The Best Licentiate thesis 2005 at Luleå University of Technology certified by Vattenfall AB Vattenkraft.
  • The Best Ph.D. thesis 2006 at Luleå University of Technology certified by Norrbottens forskningsråd.

Best Paper Awards

  • SAGE Best Paper Award for 2014 for the paper: Experimental and numerical investigations of oil film formation and friction in a piston ring–liner contact in Proceedings of the IMechE, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology.
  • SAGE Best Paper Award for 2010 for the two part paper: A mixed lubrication model incorporating measured surface topography: Part I & II in Proceedings of the IMechE, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology.
  • Duncan Dowson’s Prize at the 37th Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology for the paper: A semi-deterministic texture-roughness model of the piston ring to cylinder liner, Presented in Leeds, September 2010.

Supervision at present

  • PhD student Kalle Kalliorinne (Main supervisor) - Topological optimisation of slider bearing geometry for durability and increased performance. 
  • PhD student De Huang (Main supervisor) – Modelling and simulation of reciprocating rubber seals. Fully financed by Saint Gobain Performance Plastics, USA.
  • MSc thesis student at LTU – Mohamed Yousri Abdelmegui Mohamed – A mixed lubrication model for step bearings in cone cruschers. Project with Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, Svedala, Sweden AB

Supervision history

  • PhD, Emmanuel Kwame Essel (Assistant supervisor); Homogenization of Reynolds equations and of some parabolic problems via Rothe's method, 2008.
  • Lic, Marco Rapetto (Assistant supervisor); Rough surfaces in contact: artificial intelligence and boundary lubrication, 2008
  • Lic, Patrik Isaksson (Assistant supervisor); Simulation of tribology in hydraulic motors, 2010
  • PhD, John Fabricius (Assistant supervisor); A study of the influence of boundary roughness in thin-film flow through homogenization, 2011.
  • Lic, Shaojie Kang (Assistant supervisor); Colliding asperities: a tribological event on micro scale, 2013
  • PhD, Andrew Spencer (Assistant supervisor); A simulation tool for optimising combustion engine cylinder liner surface texture, 2014.
  • PhD, Joel Furustig (Assistant supervisor); Semi-deterministic numerical simulations of wear on various scales: From chemo-mechanical effects to the wear of components in orbital type hydraulic motors, 2014
  • PhD student Yinhu Xi (Assistant supervisor); Linear complementarity models and experimental studies of tangential force for rolling contacts, visiting PhD student from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, 2017
  • PhD, Mohammad Shirzadegan (Main supervisor); Elastohydrodynamic lubrication of cam and roller follower applications: Fast and reliable predictions of friction, 2016
  • PhD, Markus Söderfjäll (Main supervisor); Friction in Piston Ring - Cylinder Liner Contacts, 2017
  • PhD, Francesc Pérez Ràfols (Main supervisor); Two-scale stochastic modelling and analysis of leakage through metal-to-metal seals, 2018 
  • Lic, Phillip Croné – (Assistant supervisor) Modelling full film lubrication of tilted pad journal bearings in turbines. A contribution to an EU project called FLEXTURBINE

I have supervised a number of Master Degree Projects. In particular F. Xavier Borras: Multiphysics Modelling of Spring-Supported Thrust Bearings for Hydropower Applications presented at the 2012 COMSOL Conference in Milan, Italy.

Granted funding

Long term projects

  • 2020-2023, Multiscale Topological Optimisation for Lower Friction, Less Wear and Leakage, Research Council (2019-04293) Project leader, Grant size SEK3644000.
  • 2018-2022, Simulating the Performance of plastic Seals (SUPERSEAL), Project leader, Funding from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, in total SEK4600000.
  • 2015-2018, New Concepts in Thin Film Flow Modelling, Swedish Research Council (2014-4894), Project leader, Grant size SEK3200000.
  • 2014-2017, Metal-2-metal seals modelling and simulation. Project leader, Funding from Shell NL, in total €480000.
  • 2014-2017, A new mechanism for friction reduction, Swedish Research Council. Participating scientist, Total funding SEK3173000.
  • 2014-2017, Development of mathematical models and homogenization theory with focus on multiscale problems in tribology: An interdisciplinary study. Swedish Research Council. Participating scientist, Acquired funding SEK400000, Total funding SEK3000000.
  • 2010-2012, Advanced Lubrication Modelling, Grant agreement no PERG06-GA-2009-250623, Marie Curie European Reintegration Grants (ERG) Call: FP7-PEOPLE-RG-2009. Project leader, Grant Size €45000.
  • 2009-2013, Predicting tribological performance for improved energy efficiency, Swedish Research Council (2008-22253-58436-72). Project leader, Grant Size SEK3616000.
  • 2009-2011, ProAct: Surface database – a project within ProViking financed by SSF (PV08.000.02). Participating scientist, Aquired funding SEK100000, Total funding SEK36200000.
  • 2009-2011, An interdisciplinary study of multiscale problems in tribology by homogenization techniques. Swedish Research Council. Participating scientist, Total funding SEK1950000.
  • 2008-2010, Modelling wear and friction under boundary lubricated conditions. Swedish Research Council. Participating scientist, Total funding SEK2104000.

Short term projects

  • 2018, Metal-2-metal seals modelling and simulation cont. Project leader, Funding from Shell NL, in total SEK1100000.
  • 2015, Characterization of gear-set roller surface topography. Funding from Danfoss, Denmark for a PhD-student for in total 6 months’ contract research projects, Total funding SEK400000.
  • 2012, Multiphysics modelling of rod seals in Stirling engines. Funding from Cleanergy for a graduate student for a 6 months’ contract research project, Total funding SEK400000.
  • 2012, Multiphysics modelling of spring supported tilted thrust pad bearings for hydropower machinery. Funding from Vattenfall AB for master thesis project and a 2 months’ continuation contract research project, including time for guidance, Total funding SEK120000.
  • 2011, Mixed lubrication modelling. Funding from Bosch Germany for a graduate student to carry out a 6 months’ contract research project, including time for guidance. Total funding SEK400000.

Additional information

Invited speaker

Expert reviewer

  • Member of the NT-18 review panel for the call in Natural and Engineering Sciences 2016 of the Swedish Research Council.
  • Professional reviewer of proposals for The Swedish Research Counci, ERC and the Czech Science Foundation

Evaluation of PhD theses

  • External examiner for Vanja Škurić, degree of PhD; Numerical Simulation of Lubricated Wire Rolling and Drawing, Zagreb University, Croatia, Oct 2019
  • External examiner for Syam Parayil Venugopalan, degree of PhD; Plastic deformation of self-affien rough metal surfaces under contact loading, Delft UT, NL, Apr. 2019
  • External examiner for Shivam Alakhramsing, degree of PhD; Towards a fundamental understanding of the tribological behaviour of cam-roller follower contacts, Twente UT, NL, Jan. 2019
  • External examiner for Damon Lee, degree of PhD; Exploring Elastohydrodynamic Lubrication using Finite-Volume Computational Modelling Techniques, Imperial College, London, UK, Nov. 2018
  • External examiner for Paolo Cinat, degree of PhD; Surface roughness genomics in contact mechanics: A new method enabling roughness design towards surface prototyping, IMT Lucca, Lucca, Italy, Feb. 2018
  • External examiner for Ellen van Emden, degree of PhD; Aspects of Flow and Viscoelasticity in a Model Elastohydrodynamically Lubricated Contact, Twente University, The Netherlands, April 2017
  • Opponent for Elena Miroshnikova, degree of Licentiate; Some New Results in Homogenization of Flow in Porous Media with Mixed Boundary Condition, Luleå University of Technology, June 2016
  • Member of grading committee for Mattias Svahn, degree of PhD; On the Machining of Involute Helical Gears - Prediction models for tool geometry, cut gear tooth surface topography, chip geometry, and tool cutting forces, Lund University, Jan 2016
  • External examiner for Gregory de Boer, degree of PhD; A two-scale approach to elastohydrodynamic lubrication, University of Leeds, March 2015

Chairman of the organising committee

  • TS2013 of IFTOMM held at Luleå University 19-21 March 2013

Editor of Scientific Journal

Joint publications with more than 50 (PhD) co-authors


  • Team manager for the elite junior hockey team Luleå hockey J16 (2014-2018)
  • Vasaloppet 2014 sub 500-finisher (4:48:42)


Article in journal

Application of topological optimisation methodology to finitely wide slider bearings operating under incompressible flow (2020)

Kalliorinne. K, Almqvist. A
Proceedings of the Institution of mechanical engineers. Part J, journal of engineering tribology
Article in journal

Application of topological optimisation methodology to infinitely wide slider bearings operating under compressible flow (2020)

Kalliorinne. K, Ràfols. F, Fabricius. J, Almqvist. A
Proceedings of the Institution of mechanical engineers. Part J, journal of engineering tribology, Vol. 234, nr. 7, s. 1035-1050
Chapter in book

Modelling Flows in Lubrication (2020)

Almqvist. A, Ràfols. F
Part of: Modeling and Simulation of Tribological Problems in Technology
Article in journal

Generating randomly rough surfaces with given height probability distribution and power spectrum (2019)

Ràfols. F, Almqvist. A
Tribology International, Vol. 131, s. 591-604
Article in journal

New insights on lubrication theory for compressible fluids (2019)

Almqvist. A, Burtseva. E, Ràfols. F, Wall. P
International Journal of Engineering Science, Vol. 145