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Pär Marklund
Pär Marklund

Pär Marklund

Professor, Recognised University Teacher
Luleå University of Technology
Machine Elements
Machine Elements
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
+46 (0)920 492415
E843 Luleå

Research - Active tribology

Active tribology is, as the name suggests, a tribological system that can be actively controlled during operation. This can also be divided into two important sub-areas:

  • Condition monitoring of the component and the tribological contact
  • Control of the tribological contact.

Often active tribology can be called tribotronics which is a combination of tribology and mechanics. In practice, this means advanced tribological systems that can be monitored, modified and controlled electronically.

An example of an active tribological systems that many actually use in everyday life is a modern all-wheel-drive system for cars.

How does such a system work?
If we begin by analyzing something much easier than a modern four-wheel drive system we can imagine an everyday example: If you are running on asphalt and you have a high friction between the sole of the shoe and the ground you can transfer a high power to the substrate and therefore run faster. But if you run on ice and you experience a low friction you can not transmit the same force to the substrate. This means that you will not be able to run as fast as on asphalt.

The same is true in all-wheel drive system, where the friction between different surfaces in contact transfer power to the rear wheels of the car, just like the sole of the shoe will transmit power to the ground you are running on. If  we'll know how friction behaves and can control the friction forces we can also control the behavior of the four-wheel drive system and that is where tribotronics comes into the picture.
Once we know how a tribological system behaves, we can start to find smart ways to control its function with different, usually, electromechanical control systems.
In this above mentioned example,however, the tribological system is controlled during operation by controlling external forces and not the tribological system itself. Tribotronic systems could in the future also be controlled by e.g. modify the roughness of the contact surfaces or the viscosity of the lubricant in the system and thereby control the system in detail.

In my research, I work with condition monitoring of tribological systems. This is the first step that must be taken if we are to make advanced active tribological system that are controllable during operation. 




T0015T Project Course B

A project course in mechanical engineering and production. Often colloquially known by the nickname "Air engine course", whose name has come from the project itself which is about designing and building a pneumatic piston engine. Many students call it "LTU's best course." A course that requires a lot of work but is incredibly fun and educational.

M0014T Vehicle Systems 1

A course that reminds of machine elements, but the course is fully applied on cars and some other vehicles. Systemanalysis is in focus in the analysis of vehicle components such as brakes, tires, internal combustion engines, transmissions, suspensions and shock absorbers, etc.

M7018T Advanced Machine Elements

a course on the Master level about machine components Such as bearings and transmission overpriced but about system of machine components, for example, automotive drivetrains and hydraulic fluid power systems

Graduate courses

in eg .:
- Bearings
- Condition Monitoring
- Tribological failures
- Lubricated systems

External courses

Course Coordinator for "Material System in subarctic climate" - A course in materials and materiels function in cold climates. Given to prospective technical officers in the Swedish Armed Forces in cooperation with the Armed Forces Technical school (FMTS)




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Article in journal

Effect of Oxygen and Moisture on the Friction and Wear of Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polymers (2023)

Johansson. P, Marklund. P, Björling. M, Shi. Y
Lubricants, Vol. 11, nr. 9
Article in journal

Insights of the Ultralow Wear and Low Friction of Carbon Fiber Reinforced PTFE in Inert Trace Moisture Environment (2023)

Johansson. P, Elo. R, Fadaei Naeini. V, Marklund. P, Björling. M, Shi. Y
Tribology letters, Vol. 71, nr. 3
Article in journal

In-situ polymerized siloxane urea enhanced graphene-based super-fast, durable, all-weather elec-photo-thermal anti-/de-icing coating (2023)

Chen. J, Marklund. P, Björling. M, Shi. Y
Journal of Science: Advanced Materials and Devices, Vol. 8, nr. 3
Article in journal

Small Size and Low-Cost TENG-Based Self-Powered Vibration Measuring and Alerting System (2023)

Mehamud. I, Björling. M, Marklund. P, Shi. Y
Advanced Electronic Materials, Vol. 9, nr. 6
Conference paper

An implementation framework for condition-based maintenance in a bearing ring grinder (2022)

Ahmer. M, Marklund. P, Gustafsson. M, Berglund. K
Part of: Leading manufacturing systems transformation – Proceedings of the 55th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems 2022, s. 746-751, Elsevier, 2022