PROJECT DETAILS: Instrumenting an Auto Engine to Measure Tribological Components


Aims and Objectives:


Engines have lots of moving parts, bearings, gears, and pistons. All of these are lubricated to reduce friction. Nevertheless around 20% of the energy from the fuel is lost in the friction of these parts. Engine and lubricant manufacturers are continually try to improve lubrication to reduce these losses. To help them do this it is important to measure the condition of the lubricant in the contacts. The aim of this project is to develop and install new kinds of sensors to measure the contacts.


The objectives are:

  • Understand how ultrasonic piezo-sensors work and try out on sample contacts on the lab bench.

  • Strip down machine parts on an engine or engine bearing test rig and install sensors.

  • Commission the sensors and run them at a range of engine conditions.

  • Write LabView code to drive the measurement system.

  • Write Matlab code to analyse the results and model behaviour. 

Project Updates:

Team Project Jan 2016

Group Poster Jan 2016