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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. However, it was most interesting to see Tribology described as an ‘enabling technology’ (in the case of turbochargers) and key to the effort in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Delegates were also reminded of how important it is to consider tribological systems as a whole, particularly in the case of bio applications. Finally, it was most pleasing to see that modern engineering approaches, such as condition monitoring, use of synchrotron facilities for analysis and advanced modelling techniques, have widespread use within the tribology community. There are many challenges in tribology; however, industry and academia are working tirelessly to address them and have enjoyed a good deal of success, but there is still much more to do.


Charles B. Burson-Thomas