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Dr Terry J Harvey PhD

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Terry J Harvey is Senior Research Fellow within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Terry obtained a BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry from Portsmouth University and later followed this with a PhD on corrosion inhibitors, also at Portsmouth University.

Terry joined Surface Engineering Research Group in the School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton in 1997. Early work within the group concentrated on electrostatic condition monitoring development, working with the Office of Naval Research. Before diversifying into erosion-corrosion, working with National Physical Laboratory, anti-balling (anti-caking) of down-hole drill bits with Schlumberger and working on EPSRC-DSTL High Strain project and EPSRC Green Tribology platform grant (EP/J001023/1).

During his time within the Surface Engineering Research Group, which became the National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS) Terry has help supervise six PhD students and one post-doctoral researcher covering research areas of electrostatic condition monitoring, lubricant additives, erosion-corrosion, electrochemical influences on friction and spectroscopic analysis of marine oil for condition monitoring sensor development. As well as performed consultancy work with Rifi on project with Rolls-Royce (Bristol and Derby), John Crane, Honeywell, McLaren, Mars Space Limited, Clyde and Co (Expert Witness), BP.

Currently Terry is working on European Metrology Research Programme called "Metrology to assess the durability and function of engineered surfaces", with NPL BAM, INRIM, PTB, MIKES, CNAM, FAU, DTI, VTT, Alicona. Terry is also nCATS Facility Manager.

Research interests

  • Tribological coating

  • Robust testing

  • Electrostatic condition monitoring
  • Erosion-corrosion
  • Corrosion
  • Lubricant chemistry
  • Tribological testing
  • Electrochemical analysis
  • Mechanical degradation 

Research project

EMRP (European Metrology Research Programme) - REG (Researcher Excellent Grant) Award to work on MADES (Metrology to assess the durability and function of engineered surfaces) with NPL (Prof. Mark Gee) Coordinating and partners BAM, INRIM, PTB, MIKES, CNAM, FAU, DTI, VTT, Alicona.

The EMRP study will examine the mechanical degradation of surfaces at various stages of component lifetime, using nano and micro-mechanical tests available from the recently won EPSRC equipment grant within nCATS. The project will also employ a number of condition monitoring systems, including vibration, acoustic emission, temperature and electrostatics, along with applicable systems developed by JRP partners to give a fuller picture of the surface during the tribological lifetime. This will enable identification of markers/signatures related to the surface condition, and by combining these on-line techniques with post-test analysis new tribological surfaces/coatings and textured surfaces can be developed. Additionally work will support the assessment of chemical changes at tribological surfaces in the JRP by conducting post-test analysis using SEM-EDS, FIB-SIMS (Focus Ion Beam- Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry) a fuller understanding of the tribofilm.

Research group

national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)

Research project(s)

Early detection of contact distress for enhanced performance monitoring and predictive inspection of machines

Condition monitoring to predict component wear - Dormant

Reduction of downhole friction by electrochemical methods - Dormant

Simulating the friction encountered in oilfield operations

This is a two year project aiming to design and build a novel friction simulation device at the National Centre for Advanced Tribology. The project will allow us to re-create in the laboratory the conditions that occur during oilfield exploration. This will allow better understanding as to the conditions and effects that arise from friction when exploring for hydro-carbon reservoirs or to reach geothermal energy sources.

Metrology to assess the durability and function of engineered surfaces

A study on White Etching Crack (WEC) root causes and its relation to material microstructures and surface treatments.

The Adhesion Rail Riddle - Ensuring Trains Can Brake

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SESM6031, Lubrication and Engine Tribology, Mechanical Engineering, Tutor

Dr Terry J Harvey
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number : 5/2001

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