SKF University Technology Centre (UTC)
The SKF University Technology Centre in Advanced Modelling and Measurements in Tribology formalises the long standing relationship between the Tribology group and SKF and raises our research cooperation to a higher level. Through the close cooperation between SKF and the Tribology group, the UTC for Tribology supports a broad scope of fundamental research work in tribology, while ensuring that this research is rapidly and successfully applied to real SKF applications such as prolonging the life of rolling element bearings in difficult environments and decreasing energy consumption by reducing bearing friction.
As a global supplier of rolling element bearings, seals, mechatronics and lubrication services, SKF considers tribology research to be fundamental to their success and have their own central research facility in Nieuwegein, Utrecht, Netherlands which liaises closely with the UTC.
The centre is governed by a framework agreement between Imperial and SKF which lasts for an initial period of five years. The funding from SKF supports day-to-day operation of the Centre and a number of PhD and post doctoral researchers who work on projects under the UTC umbrella. The framework agreement allows for a wide range of projects that can vary in duration from a few months to three years. The UTC was inaugurated in 2010.
The core UTC personnel are:
- Dr Amir Kadiric - UTC Associate Director and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering
- Professor Hugh Spikes - UTC Director and the Deputy Head of the Tribology Group
- Professor Stathis Ioannides - Visiting Professor in the Tribology Group and SKF Director of Product Research & Development
- Dr Achilleas Vortselas
- Dr He Liang (Holly)
- Dr Nicola De Laurentis
- Dr Pawel Rycerz
- Dr Yilun Xu
- Bo Peng
- Damon Lee
- Daniel Lofgren
- Francesco Manieri
- Kostas Pagkalis
- Rachel Januszewski
- Yuta Kanazawa
Location: Room 456, City and Guilds Building, Imperial College London