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EPSRC Reference: EP/S030476/1
Title: TRibology as an ENabling Technology (TRENT)
Principal Investigator: Neville, Professor A
Other Investigators:
Armes, Professor SP Charpentier, Dr TV Carre, Dr MJ
Lewis, Professor R Morina, Professor A Dwyer-Joyce, Professor R
Wilson, Dr M Ruprecht, Dr D
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
California Institute of Technology Max Planck Institutes (Grouped) NTNU (Norwegian Uni of Sci & Technology)
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Organisation: University of Leeds
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 July 2019 Ends: 30 June 2023 Value (£): 1,538,131
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Eng. Dynamics & Tribology Manufacturing Machine & Plant
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
07 Mar 2019 Intl Centre to Centre Fulls Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The 9th March 2016 was the 50th anniversary of the landmark "Jost Report - Lubrication (Tribology) Education and Research" . The word Tribology was born and the dramatic financial savings that could be gained by optimum practice in this area were formally documented for the first time. 50 years on, the impact of tribology (friction and wear) on the economies of developed nations remains the same; 5-8% of GDP; but tribology as an engineering science has evolved. Tribology challenges in 2016 and beyond are driven by new challenges; the challenges in 1966 were solved and new challenges go with the emergence of new industrial areas. The basic science of tribology remains the same but there is a need to embrace multi-scale thinking, complex materials and interfaces and systems to operate in new and demanding environments. In this proposal Tribology as an enabling technology will be integrated into two industrial areas that are underpinning for the UK and internationally; advanced manufacturing and robotics and autonomous systems. The proposal is transformative as it brings tribology, as a positive and enabling discipline, into two emerging areas of nanomanufacturing and robotics. Tribology is normally associated with the wear and degradation and whilst important to the economy normally has negative connotations. This proposal embraces the positive aspects of triblogical science.
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