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Reference Number EP/F034296/1
Title The Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton
Status Completed
Energy Categories FOSSIL FUELS: OIL, GAS and COAL(Oil and Gas, Enhanced oil and gas production) 5%;
ENERGY EFFICIENCY 5%;
NOT ENERGY RELATED 90%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor PA Nelson
No email address given
Inst of Sound and Vibration Research
University of Southampton
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2008
End Date 31 March 2013
Duration 60 months
Total Grant Value £3,204,589
Industrial Sectors Healthcare; Manufacturing; Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region South East
Programme NC : Engineering
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor PA Nelson , Inst of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Professor RJK Wood , School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Professor G Price , School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Daido Industrial Bearings Europe Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Score Europe Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Micro Materials Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Rotork Controls Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , DSTL - Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (0.000%)
Project Contact , Airbus UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Phoenix Tribology Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Smiths Aerospace Electronics Systems (0.000%)
Project Contact , Teer Coatings Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , TaiCaan Technologies Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Schlumberger-Doll Research, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Finsbury Orthopaedics Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Depuy International Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Chevron Oronite Company LLC, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , FAG Aerospace GmbH & Co KG, Germany (0.000%)
Project Contact , ESR Technology Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Oerlikon Balzers Coating UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Shell Global Solutions UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Lloyd's Register (0.000%)
Project Contact , Schlumberger PLC (0.000%)
Project Contact , TWI Technology Centre (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract Tribology is an essential technology for nearly all UK Industry, including defence, and impacts on energy efficiency, carbon and other emissions, machine life, engine design, maintenance schedules and machine downtime, and the recovery and processing of oil reserves. It is also critical to the long term mobility, health and quality of life of patients with damaged or replacement joints. The Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (CATS) will use the 3.05M S & I grant plus 6.2M gearing from the University and Industry to recruit young staff from a variety of strategic disciplines to create an internationally leading research centre. This will conduct research into areas of major national importance such as future machines of all scales, energy efficiency, emissions and human health. The key role of the new staff will be to link with 18 academics in the School of Engineering Sciences and to 18 academics in six other Schools/Centres within the University of Southampton. The otherSchools participating will be those of Electronics and Computer Science, Biological Sciences, Medicine, Mathematics, Statistics and Chemistry, thus creating a truly multidisciplinary Centre. This will be the first large interdisciplinary centre specifically focused on Tribology in the UK. CATS will uniquely address the combination of multiscale modelling, analytical and experimental techniques to develop a better understanding of tribological processes at the molecular, nano and micro scales.This understanding will be used in the development of micro-systems as well as predictive models concerned with macro contact performance. It will also address the interactions of biology and tribology, critically, by coupled modelling-experimental approaches to the nature of solid/liquid and cell-surface interfaces in biotribological and biological processes. CATS will have a distinctive platform by accessing the world class facilities and expertise at Southampton in high performance computing (Microsoft Institute of High Performance Computing), microfabrication and MEMS (new 60M clean room complex), advanced surface science, Developmental Sciences incorporating the Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration in the School of Medicine as well as researchers in electrochemistry and biological sciences. CATS would use these resources for innovative modelling, applying novel solutions to MEMS, developing MEMS as sensors and novel probes for tribological processes, surface film characterisation by scanning probes. It would also deploy advanced electrochemical techniques to understand the human biological reactions to metal ion release and the surface-biotribology performance of joint implants. CATS will also aim to use collaborations with over twenty industrial partners with major tribological activities (such as Airbus, DePuy, Shell, Lloyd's Register, Dstl, NPL and Schlumberger) to ensure that the research footprint of the centre is aligned with industrial need, research can be exploited efficiently and to ensure effective national technology transfer of the knowledge generated by the centre
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