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Farid Akhtar
Farid Akhtar, Associate Professor in Engineering Materials at Luleå University of Technology. Photo: Ted Karlsson. View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Material researcher is granted 15 million from SSF

Published: 28 August 2015

Farid Akhtar, Associate Professor in Engineering Materials at Luleå University of Technology, has received 15 million SEK from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, SSF, to build an infrastructure for research in thermo mechanics and tribology.

The program Research Infrastructure Fellows is about strengthening Swedish research, to increase the usage of the respective infrastructure and make it available to researchers and industry.

Builds a new website

– The infrastructure I will build for thermo-mechanical testing at Luleå University of Technology will be unique in Europe. Similar infrastructure can be found in China, USA and Canada. The support from SSF means we can buy more lab equipment, hire doctoral students and develop new methods for materials testing. I will also build a website that will be available for academia and industry, says Farid Akhtar, Luleå University of Technology.

Testing of materials in high temperatures

Thermo-mechanical testing involves studying properties of materials when subjected to rigorous testing. It can, for example, be components for the automotive industry.

– We can simulate a component's life cycle and how it can handle different types of loading conditions such as twisting and pressure, under high temperatures. The new infrastructure will increase the level of research and increase opportunities for external financing of new projects.

Attracts reserachers from all over the world

Assistant Professor Marta-Lena Antti, subject coordinator in Materials Engineering at Luleå University of Technology, is delighted that Farid Akhtar has been appointed Research Infrastructure Fellow.

– It means a lot to the Division of Materials Science and to the university that Farid received this money. We will be able to attract students, researchers and companies from both Sweden and abroad to take part of the new equipment. It will highlight our current materials research and we will be able to focus future research more towards this area, says Marta-Lena Antti.


Farid Akhtar

Akhtar, Farid - Professor

Organisation: Engineering Materials, Materials Science, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
Phone: +46 (0)920 491793