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Transfer of knowledge on lubrication fundamentals in mechanical products

Objective

Tribology is the multi-disciplinary scientific field concerned with friction, wear and lubrication. Lubrication technology is essential for the facilitation of many technologies, including the primary technologies, such as production of food, textiles and other manufactured goods, communication and transportation. One of the main industrial applications of lubrication technology concerns rolling bearing systems.

Though the use of a rolling bearing system has many advantages, several problems do exist such as leakage; failure of lubricant systems and inefficient use of rolling bearing systems. These problems result in significant damages for the environment, extensive energy loss and huge costs. The above mentioned problems and issues present in industrial applications can only be solved with the aid of fundamental scientific knowledge.

Therefore the aim of this project is to create a strategic and durable intersectorial partnership in the field of tribology between SKF RDC (a leading global supplier of products, customer solutions, and services in the business of rolling bearings and seals) and two European universities: Luleå Technical University, Sweden and the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon in France. The three participating organisations will transfer already available knowledge and set up research activities in order to jointly gain new fundamental knowledge on lubrication of rolling bearing systems.

Various transfer of knowledge activities are envisioned, such as numerous visits to make a profound inventory of current research and training programmes, resulting in for example joint research projects, training sessions, and meetings. The research topic of proposed project is highly relevant for Europe as it is expected to lead to improved rolling bearings systems reducing environmental strain (energy savings and reduction of toxic additives), reducing safety risks, and improving European competitiveness.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-MOBILITY-3
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Coordinator

SKF B.V.
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Kelvinbaan 16
2350 Nieuwegein
Netherlands

Participants (2)

LULEÅ UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Sweden
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF APPLIED SCIENCES OF LYON
France
Address
20, Avenue Albert Einstein
Villeurbanne