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Research project: Structured Surfaces for Tribological Applications

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Ping completed her master degree Advanced mechanical engineering and joined nCATS in October 2012. Her project is sponsored by NPL and it is focus on the mechanism behind friction and wear behaviour of structured surface.

Texture on various surfaces has been widely studied due to their good tribological performance. The reason for the improved friction and wear properties is still a matter of much debate. It is the goal of this study to investigate the fundamental science of structured (textured) surfaces specifically designed for tribological applications. Laser systems technology will be used to texture tribological surfaces to enhance lubrication, friction and wear performance. Dimples on micro degree are being fabricated, and the performance of them will be tested. Hidden rules are waiting to be explored.

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national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)
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