IET ‘Challenges in Tribology’ Event

Last week the second IET ‘Challenges in Tribology’ conference took place in Austin Court, Birmingham. Due to the success of the first one it was extended from a one day to a two day event. This put a lot of pressure on the organising committee to meet expectations and it’s fair to say they delivered.

The former STLE president, Martin Webster, opened the event and he was followed by thought provoking talks from Rolls-Royce, SKF and other industry and research experts. These talks lead to very interesting, in-depth panel discussions on both days, which encouraged attendees to ask difficult questions to the speakers and get involved in debates relating to all the presentations and their research areas. These discussions carried on to the evening networking event, which allowed a more relaxed platform for delegates to continue conversations. A student poster competition was held on both days and all the competitors did a great job at presenting their research projects. Two winners were chosen and received a Taylor and Francis book.

The Tribological Performance of Gas Turbine Lubricants by Jake Airey, Rolls-Royce using the MPR and MTM