Wear research - Tampere University of Technology

Wear research at TWC

TWC has excellent infrastructure for wear and tribology research, as well as highly qualified scientists and research engineers for the needs of both long-term scientific research and product development for the industry.

Research equipment for wear research

The research is being conducted in operational research groups at the Department of the Materials Science:


Wear research is conducted in close collaboration with several internationally recognized partners, such as the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the Austrian Excellence Center for Tribology (AC2T), VITO, TEKNIKER, the University of Sheffield, the University of Southampton, the University of Manchester, Luleå University of Technology, and Tallinn University of Technology. Of these, NRC, AC2T and the University of Southampton have also been recently targets of research exchange.

One example of TWC’s international activities is the recently founded Nordic Hard Rock Tribology Network, RockTrib, embracing several key research institutes in the field of hard rock tribology in Nordic countries, including Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), SINTEF, Luleå University of Technology, Uppsala University, Dalarna University, and VTT.

Recent projects

FIMECC BSA: Design beyond present codes (2014-2017)

  • Materials in Mining Industry: Optimization, prediction and design guidelines for improved wear life of novel steels and metallic multimaterials
  • Energy and Life Cycle Efficiency: Surface fatigue and extreme load carrying capacity of gears

FIMECC HYBRIDS: Multifunctional thick coatings and composites (2014-2017)

  • Metallic coatings for process environments
  • Multifunctional MMC coatings
  • Low-friction coatings
  • Abrasive coatings
  • Damage-tolerant ductile ceramic coatings
  • Thick ceramic coatings / bulk linings
  • Corrosion resistant coatings/structures against acidic liquid environments

FIMECC HYBRIDS: Polymeric multifunctional sliding materials (2014-2017)

  • Oil free sliding, rolling, and flow contacts
  • Lubricated sliding bearings and fixed connected surfaces

FIMECC HYBRIDS: Multifunctional thin coatings (2014-2017)

FIMECC BSA & HYBRIDS: Fundamentals and modelling (2014-2017)

FIMECC DEMAPP: Wear resistant materials and solutions (2009-2014)

  • Characterization and development of the microstructure, properties and performance of wear resistant materials for selected environments
  • Modeling and simulation of wear processes
  • Novel coating processes for wear protection
  • Friction and wear of polymers

FIMECC DEMAPP: Friction and energy (2010-2014)

  • High friction low wear contacts
  • Low friction in process environment

FIMECC LIGHT: Low density materials (2009-2014)

  • Slurry-erosion testing of GFRP laminates
  • Dynamically loaded wear resistant steel-polymer hybrids
Updated by: Kati Valtonen, 08.08.2017 12:59.
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