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Mr Andreu Laborda 

PhD researcher of Engineering Materials group

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Mr Andreu Laborda is a Postgraduate researcher within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Andreu obtained his BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona (UB) in 2013 and his MEng in Materials Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in 2014. Andreu also worked as an engineering consultant in DIOPMA and as a researcher in Advanced Nanotechnologies S.L. by developing nano-coatings using vacuum technology.

He joined the Engineering Materials Group as a PhD researcher in 2014 under the supervision of Professor Philippa Reed and Dr Shuncai Wang, working on fatigue assessment on multi-layered plain bearings.


Research interests

Fatigue, Coatings, Bearings, Multi-layer

PhD supervision: Philippa Reed (Materials), Shuncai Wang (nCATS) and Yi Zhang (DAIDO METAL CO., LTD.)

Plain bearings are a crucial part of internal combustion engines that suffer from cyclic loading which may then generate fatigue failure. Moreover, the manufacturers are always trying to increase the power output, decrease weight and size of new engines, thus increasing the loads that plain bearings have to support. However, the increase of load on those bearings may lead to early failure due to fatigue. In order to increase the lifetime under such loads, bearings have become more and more complex, comprising micrometre scale-multi-layered structures. In overlay bearings a steel backing has a leaded bronze interlayer, then a thin (typically 20 µm) surface overlay, which may consist of several electroplated layers. Accelerated tests (i.e. the Sapphire test) have been used by industry to assess bearing performance, since this semi-empirical approach partially simulates the conditions of an engine. These methods have been useful in the past with more simple bearing designs, but with the new generation of bearings and their layered complexity, semi-empirical methods are not sufficient to assess the fundamental fatigue behaviour of multi-layered bearings and the role taken by each of these layers.

Research group

Engineering Materials

Affiliate research group

national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)

Mr Andreu Laborda
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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