PhD Studentship in Raised Efficiency of Rolling Contact by Multiscale Modelling University of Southampton, nCATS Group

PhD Studentship: Raised efficiency of rolling contact by multiscale modelling


nCATS Group


Location: Highfield Campus

Closing Date: Wednesday 24 January 2018

Reference: 830017BX

Project Reference: ENGSCI-NCATS-122


Surface and lubricant interactions of rolling contacts such as bearings, gears and clutches in automotive, energy and industrial applications, are mostly established experimentally based on trial and error without full fundamental understanding of the systems. Simulation of surface interactions and influences of environment and operating conditions based on multiscale modelling is highly demanded by industry to reduce the risk of costly solutions.


This project, sponsored by Schaeffler Group, aims to better understand surface and lubricant interactions of tribological contacts such as bearings and motor systems using multiscale modelling techniques including molecular dynamics, computer fluid dynamics, finite element analysis and contact simulation.


The successful candidate will work closely with the Tribology Centre (nCATS) and the Computation Chemistry department within the University as well as the Schaeffler Group in Germany.


Applicants with strong mechanical engineering (tribology, materials, lubrication, etc.) background and strong interests in numerical modelling and simulation are welcome to apply for the studentship or get in touch to find more details about this research project.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Ling Wang, nCATS research group, Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 5076.


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