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How are you quantifying sensory perception?

For almost three millennia chocolate has been satisfying that sweet craving we all know too well. The perfect blend of cocoa, sugar and milk is enough to rank chocolate as one of the most desirable foods, the global market was estimated to be worth around 59 billion USD in 2016 [1]. Unfortunately, as like many […]

60 Seconds in the Spotlight: Dr Peter Lee, Chief Tribologist at South West Research Institute

Hi Peter good to see you again, thanks for agreeing to do our June instalment of 60 second interviews, can you give us a brief overview of what SwRI does? Southwest Research Institute, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is one of the oldest and largest independent, nonprofit, applied research and development organizations in the United […]

60 Seconds in the Spotlight: Stefan Baier, Associate R&D Fellow, PepsiCo

We were very lucky this month to be able to have a quick chat with Stefan, an expert in the field of bio-tribology. He told us why research in this area is so important. Hi Stefan thanks for taking the time to chat to us. What is your background and how did you end up working […]

60 Seconds in the Spotlight: Mark Devlin, Technical Advisor, Afton Chemicals

  Next on our 60 seconds feature we asked one of our oldest and most loyal customers Mark Devlin, technical advisor for Afton Chemicals to tell us about his research.   Hi Mark thanks for agreeing to our 60 seconds spotlight interviews, why does Afton Chemical Corporation perform tribology research? Afton sells additives for fuels […]

60 Seconds in the Spotlight: Dr Anwesha Sarkar, Associate Professor in Food Colloids and Processing, School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds

  Dr Sarkar has very kindly offered to do the first in our 60 seconds in the spotlight series, here is what she had to say:   Hi Dr Sarkar thanks for agreeing to do our first 60 seconds spotlight interviews, how long have you been researching food tribology and what areas are you focusing […]

How does your lubricant compare?

In 2015 the EPA estimated that the automotive industry was accountable for approximately 27% of the USA’s total greenhouse gas emissions. As awareness on climate change increases and resources deplete government legislations tighten pressuring manufacturers to find a way of reducing these emissions whilst keeping costs low. Optimizing the lubricants used such as engine oil, […]

Improving life expectancy of our railways

  With China, India and UK having some of the busiest rail networks in the world, maximising the life expectancy of the trains and track and reducing downtime is extremely important. Early failure of any component can be very costly and cause major disruptions to commuters. At Clapham Junction, the UK’s busiest station, at peak […]

Scuffing

Scuffing Research Proposal Overview Scuffing can occur in high speed/high load contacts, where the breakdown of both EHL and boundary film leads to metal-metal welding between the surfaces, causing high friction, noise, vibration and wear.  The standard testing methods currently used to evaluate the scuffing performance of lubricants are unable to distinguish between the lubricants […]

Ultra Shear Viscometer

Lubricant formulators have long been aware of the shortcomings of existing high shear viscometers. Whilst the state of the art in high shear rate viscometry has remained around the 1,000,000 reciprocal second mark for many years, developments in engine and lubricant technology mean that in-service conditions are more like 10,000,000 reciprocal seconds. Extending the measuring range of existing viscometers is […]