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Experts from academia and industry discuss the current tribological challenges in the field of transport

The two-day ‘Challenges in Tribology’ event, organised by the IET Tribology Network, brought together experts from academia and industry to discuss the current tribological challenges in the field of transport, along with the developments of materials and surface coatings for use in extreme environments. Delegates were treated to a wide variety of presentations and posters, along with a discussion forum at the end of each day. It is difficult to summarise such a broad range of topics that were presented over the two days.

EPSRC - "Willetts announces £350 million for PhD training in over 70 new centres"

72 new Centres for Doctoral Training have today been approved by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, with £350 million of investment and connected to over 1000 industrial and academic partners. 24 UK universities are sharing this investment; the largest ever in postgraduate research in the UK.

The Glasgow Science Centre tower - (almost) the first fully rotating tower in the world

The tower of the Glasgow Science Centre, a 127m tall steel and glass construction, held the Guiness World Record for the "tallest fully rotating tower" when it was first opened in 2001. However, since then it has been plagued by problems with the mechanism allowing the tower to rotate - a unique thrust bearing. The BBC has been reporting on its progress this year. - "Workers dragged Forbidden City stones along roads of artificial ice"

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing have revealed that, in the 15th and 16th Centuries, the Chinese used artifical roads of ice to help transport the stones used to build China's Forbidden City.  This demonstrates an advanced understanding of friction and lubrication for the time.

WalesOnline - "How a love of Lego made me want to change the world"

Lecturer in Tribology and Applied Mechanics at Cardiff University, Dr. Alistair Clarke talks to WalesOnline about what inspired him to become an engineer and tribologist.

Engineers use ultrasound to improve the performance of household oils

Experts at the University of Sheffield have developed a test procedure to measure the performance of everyday household oils, such as WD-40 Multi-Use Product, which has many applications including loosening rusty bolts and removing dirt and heavy soiling from surfaces.

BBC - "Swedish friction experts on why curling stones curl"

Researchers at Uppsala University have explained why curling stones trace a curved path across the ice.

Sheffield tribologists get a grip on rugby balls

Hi-tech pimples that are designed to improve a player's grip on rugby balls may make them more slippery in wet weather, research conducted by two academics at The Leonardo Tribology Centre has suggested.

Southampton scanner maps problem hip replacements

A new way of testing hip joints that have failed is being pioneered in Southampton.

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