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The Cambridge Tribology Course: Friction, Wear and Lubrication
Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 September 2017
Intensive three-day programme offering an excellent opportunity to gain an overview of the field of tribology.

This highly successful course, now in its 24th 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
  • Participants receive a hard-copy volume containing all the speakers' slides, as well as a full set of course notes in electronic form

Course comments


"Good lectures – good facilities. Would benefit most, if not all engineers from all industries."


"Quality and content of lectures was excellent. The course gives a good appreciation for all the disciplines that make up tribology and an opportunity to meet and share knowledge with people in other industries."


"Very well organised, very interesting high quality lectures."


"Very impressive course and facilities, liked the addition of the walking tour and dinner. Thorough notes and very good speakers."


"The course was excellent; the pace and variation in subject matter (theoretical, mathematician, chemical, engineering) kept interest throughout the three days. Evening activities were well planned, appropriate and enriching."


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