Course: Tribology

Course objective and structure

The aim of the course is to introduce the theoretical principles of tribology, as friction, wear and lubrication occur in all mechanical, electromechanical and biological systems and are of enormous practical importance.

The course provides up-to-date insights into tribology, focusing on the concepts of friction and wear. In addition, special attention is paid to tribological phenomena in erosion and abrasion. The application of basic knowledge of wear behavior in practical situations is taught. Modern, experimental methods are also presented.

Target audience

This course is aimed at engineers, product developers and designers.

Course content

The participants

– know definitions of terms

– gain insights into surface topography / roughness

– know friction / wear of different materials (ceramics, polymers, …)

– gain an overview of the lubricant classification

– know friction behavior and wear protection

Course instructor

Dr. Rowena Crockett, Empa, Dübendorf, chemist, has worked at Empa in Dübendorf since 1997 and has headed the tribology laboratory in the Nanoscale Materials Science department since 2005. Her activities include the management of research projects in the field of “water-based lubrication” and the supervision of doctoral students. To this end, application-oriented projects are carried out on behalf of industry.

Dr. Mousab Hadadtribology expert, headed the tribology and topography laboratory at Empa in Thun from 2002 to 2011. His activities included damage analyses, characterization assignments, research and development projects as well as technology transfer in the context of Master’s degree courses and postgraduate courses. From 2012 to 2020, he managed the tribology and characterization laboratory in a private company, mainly to solve tribological problems of customers. Since 2021, he has been working for a private company to solve technical problems in the field of tribology and surface technology.

Application deadline

November 22, 2024

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