IT-CDT WILL PROVIDE FOUR TRAINING STRANDS:
ADVANCED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
A key feature of the Centre is that industry partners and academics get together and define the core area of fundamental science for the cohort. Each partner has a specific one-to-one project but also access to the multi-industry project pool. These projects are selected through a facilitated workshop for each new cohort and cover a range of themes. Examples of projects running currently from our cohort 1 are given below:
Transitions and tribo-films – this project focuses how chemical surface films change the way tribological contacts transition from one regime to another focusing on developing new real time measurement techniques.
Modelling mixed lubrication – many of our machine components run with some degree of solid contact, this project aims to provide new realistic ways to model these processes.
In-situ techniques for mixed-lubrication – the development of measurement methods for determining oil film thickness and contact areas in real mixed lubrication components.
Coatings and additive interactions – modern machines are increasingly using advanced surface coatings and treatments. This project is about ensuring the lubricant additive design keeps pace.
Surface texturing – this project focusses on practical ways to create bespoke surface textures and ways in which their performance can be assessed and monitored.
Dry contacts and the fundamentals of asperity interaction – many important machine components run without lubricant. This project focusses on creating real experimental understanding of the behaviour of such asperity contacts on a micro-scale.
Designed to provide the relevant tribology training to students with engineering and physical sciences background. Module content will include tribology fundamentals and advanced science and technology training.
TRAINING BEYOND TRIBOLOGY
Providing professional skills needed for either a successful career within industry or academia. Both Universities have a strong provision through our respective Doctoral Development Porgrammes, and the combination of appropriate training activities will form a foundation professional skills training.
Two (one group and one solo) projects that stretch students and give them experience across the breadth of tribology, learning new skills and techniques. These will be highly practical projects steered by industry partners. Students will learn test methods, experimental rigs, data processing, software and modelling.
INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS, VISITS, TRAINING SESSIONS & INTERACTIONS
Tribology Master Classes
Runs over Semester 1 & 2
Introduction to Tribology, Technical classes, seminars, Industrial presentations, equipment training, student presentations – Joint delivery
Mini Project (Group)
Designed to give them the opportunity to apply emerging skills and provide a strong foundation for future research. Small groups of 3-4 from a range of will work with one of the industrial partners on a current problem acting as consultants.
Students will undertake an industrial placement in the third year of their PhD as well as informal (i.e. not assessed) opportunities to be involved in industry based activity (e.g. seminars, visiting lectures, tours, gearbox strip down course, NPL measurement activity, NI Labview training). We also respond to students’ individual training needs and requests.