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Research project: Metrology to assess the durability and function of engineered surfaces

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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.

Associated research themes

Materials and surface engineering

Related research groups

national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)
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