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The Cambridge Tribology Course: Friction, Wear and Lubrication
Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 September 2014
Fully Booked
Intensive three-day programme offering an excellent opportunity to gain an overview of the field of tribology.



This highly successful course, now in its 21st year, provides an insight into the principles which underlie this important topic. The course is run by the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering, a worldwide centre of excellence in the field. Tribology - the science and technology of friction, wear and lubrication - makes a vital contribution to almost every area of industrial activity and yet is often under-represented in the education of scientists and engineers.


Course outline

The course consists of an intensive three-day programme delivered by leading experts. It offers an excellent opportunity to gain an overview of the field of tribology. Lectures, combined with informal discussion periods and a workshop session, will cover the key elements of the subject and will be complemented by case studies drawn from current industrial practice.



  • Surface topography and contact mechanics
  • Hydrodynamic, elasto-hydrodynamic and boundary lubrication
  • Rheology and lubricant chemistry
  • Wear and friction of metals, ceramics and polymers
  • Surface engineering
  • Test methods in tribology
  • Industrial Case studies


Benefits of attending

  • Provides a comprehensive and cost effective overview of this vitally important area
  • Introduces the theory and practice of friction, wear and lubrication in an industrial context
  • Combines lectures and informal discussion periods with practice in problem solving
  • Gives valuable, informal access to leading experts
  • Enables networking with professionals from other sectors to share ideas and practice
  • Provides a comprehensive volume of course notes for all participants


Course comments

"A very good overview of many of the challenges of tribologic problem solving. Many concepts were tied neatly together"


"Very well organised, very professional and informative with excellent supporting notes and literature"


"Excellent course in first class surroundings. Will be strongly recommending it to my colleagues"


"A very good learning experience"


"Plenty of useful information. Course notes are extensive and excellent. Lecturers enthusiastic and approachable"

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