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Unit of study_

AMME5310: Engineering Tribology

The aim is to teach students in the undergraduate and postgraduate levels basic concepts about friction, lubrication and wear applicable to design and operation of mechanical systems used in engineering, industrial, and modern applications. Examples of these systems are lubrication of internal combustion engines, gearboxes, artificial hip/knee joints, and micro/nano electromechanical systems.

Code AMME5310
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
(AMME2302 OR AMME9302) AND (AMME2301 OR AMME9301) AND (MECH3261 OR MECH9261 or MECH8261)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. conduct independent scientific literature review related to a major project in tribology
  • LO2. communicate the findings of the project in a professional manner in written reports and oral presentations
  • LO3. collaborate with peers to plan and conduct research, produce results and achieve conclusions and objectives of the project.
  • LO4. manage time effectively to complete a project
  • LO5. design efficient tribology solutions for applications in the industry and modern technology by relating the composition of lubricant film, and its properties and operational conditions such as operational load, temperature and speed
  • LO6. use a tribometer, rheometer, surface profilometer and other tools important in tribology to measure friction, wear and properties of surfaces and lubricants, in order to design and model and predict tribological behaviour of mechanical systems by using computational and analytical methods
  • LO7. apply knowledge gained from experiments and theory to a major practical project on tribology
  • LO8. apply basic and advanced theory of friction, lubrication and wear, including, dry friction, hydrodynamic, elasto-hydrodynamic (EHL), and boundary lubrication regimes, and wear quantification and modelling to engineering mechanisms at macro/micro and nano length scales
  • LO9. calculate and measure properties of contacting surfaces such as roughness, friction coefficient, and adhesion strength, and chose appropriate materials such as metals, polymers, ceramics and biomaterials, for efficient behaviour in tribological applications.

Unit outlines

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