Andreas Almqvist

Title: Associate Professor
Organization: Luleå University of Technology
Research Area: Machine Elements
Division: Machine Elements
Department: Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
Phone: +46 (0)920 492407
Room: E837a - Luleå »
City: 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. Since January 2012, I have a permanent position as Associate Professor and I’m responsible for the modelling and simulation branch at the Division of Machine Elements, Luleå University of Technology (LTU). I’m the scientific leader for a 4-year computational tribology project financed by VR and I manage 3 other 3rd cycle student projects (detailed below) run in cooperation with both academic and industrial partners. Apart from research I’m engaged in teaching (in 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycle courses) and in the development of engineering education at LTU.

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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 - simulation of the tribological processes

Lecturer in courses at advanced level M7018T - Advanced Machine Elements

Other courses offered by the Division of Machine Elements:


CV (Updated March 2017)

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 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

  • 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.
  • Kungliga Skyttanska Samfundet - Young researchers award, 2010.
  • Nominee for Best Supervisor at Luleå University of Technology 2011 and 2012

Best Paper Awards

  • 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.
  • 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.

Supervision acting as main supervisor at present 

  • Francesc Perez Rafols – Modelling and analysis of leakage in seals. Fully financed by Royal Dutch Shell, The Netherlands.
  • Markus Söderfjäll – Simulating friction and ring dynamics in piston ring - cylinder lubrication, Financed by Swedish Energy Agency

Supervision history – Assistant supervisor up do Ph.D.:

  • Emmanuel Kwame Essel; Homogenization of Reynolds equations and of some parabolic problems via Rothe's method, 2008.
  • John Fabricius; A study of the influence of boundary roughness in thin-film flow through homogenization, 2011.
  • Andrew Spencer; A simulation tool for optimising combustion engine cylinder liner surface texture, 2014.
  • Joel Furustig; Semi-deterministic numerical simulations of wear on various scales: From chemo-mechanical effects to the wear of components in orbital type hydraulic motors, 2014
  • Mohammad Shirzadegan - Elastohydrodynamic Lubrication of Cam and roller Follower Applications:  Fast and Reliable Predictions of Friction, 2016

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

  • 2015-2018, New Concepts in Thin Film Flow Modelling, Swedish Research Council (2014-4894).
  • 2009-2013, Predicting tribological performance for improved energy efficiency, Swedish Research Council (2008-22253-58436-72).
  • 2010-2012, Advanced Lubrication Modelling, Grant agreement no PERG06-GA-2009-250623, Marie Curie European Reintegration Grants (ERG) Call: FP7-PEOPLE-RG-2009

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 Czech Science Foundation

Evaluation of PhD theses

  • External examiner Gregory de Boer, for the degree of PhD. Thesis entitled A two-scale approach to elastohydrodynamic lubrication, March 2015
  • 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, January 2016
  • 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

Chairman of the organising committee

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

Editor of Scientific Journal

  • Associate Editor for the Proceedings of the IMechE Part J – Journal of Engineering Tribology
  • Guest Editor for the ITS2013 special issue in Lubrication Science

Co-authors (with joint publications)

B.N.J. Persson (Germany) – R.S. Dwyer-Joyce (UK) – R. Larsson (Sweden) – P. Wall (Sweden) –
N. Almqvist (Sweden) – C. Campañá (Canada) - J. Dasht (Sweden) - E. K. Essel (Ghana) - J. Fabricius (Sweden) - M. Grahn (Sweden) - P. Jonsén (Sweden) -  P. M. Lugt (Holland) - D. Lukkassen (Norway) - A. Meidell (Norway) – I. Minami (Japan) – D. Nilsson (Sweden) – L.-E. Persson (Sweden) - S. Glavatskih (Sweden) - T. Almqvist (Sweden) - P. Marklund (Sweden) - N. Prodanov (Ukraine) - F. Sahlin (Sweden) - A. Spencer (Sweden) – J. Furustig (Sweden) – R. I. Taylor (UK) – F. Sahlin (Sweden) – I. Dobryden (Sweden) – L. Pelcastre (Sweden) – E. Y. Avan (UK)


Article in journal
Pérez-Ràfols, F et al.

On the flow through plastically deformed surfaces under unloading

Ingår i Proceedings of the Institution of mechanical engineers. Part C, journal of mechanical engineering science, ISSN 0954-4062
Article in journal
Almqvist, A et al.

Flow in thin domains with a microstructure

Ingår i AIP Conference Proceedings, ISSN 0094-243X
Article in journal
Shirzadegan, M et al.

Low degree of freedom approach for predicting friction in elastohydrodynamically lubricated contacts

Ingår i Tribology International, ISSN 0301-679X
Article in journal
Furustig, J et al.

The measurement of wear using AFM and wear interpretation using a contact mechanics coupled wear model

Ingår i Wear, ISSN 0043-1648
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Published: 28 August 2006

Updated: 14 March 2017


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