The Tribology and Surface Engineering Laboratory at AUT is a multidisciplinary lab conducting research in different aspects of tribology. It is the first research lab of its kind in New Zealand.
We have an extensive range of industrial expertise on tribology-related problems that can be provided to New Zealand industry through joint projects, consultancy and problem-solving services.
Tribology plays an important role in almost all aspects of modern technology where one material slides or rubs over another and tribological performance is a crucial factor for engineering design. It is immensely important to the successful operation of engineered machines and natural mechanisms of all scales, and demands multifunctional surfaces.
Tribology is core to future transport and energy-efficient machines, the control of emissions and low-maintenance renewable energy systems, and to biomedical applications. In order to develop advanced components for these applications, it is necessary to understand and control basic friction, wear, and lubrication processes at the sliding interface.
The lab is equipped with a range of modern test instruments for tribological and mechanical characterisation. Capabilities range from evaluation for lubricants, fuels and additives to unique friction, wear and tribo-corrosion testing capabilities for advanced materials and surface coatings, specialised tribometers for high temperature testing as well as testing in special environments.
We welcome enquiries about undergraduate and postgraduate project availability in our lab, and we can sometimes accommodate interns for short-term projects.
To find out more about our current research projects, check out our recent publications:
If you are interested in establishing a partnership or collaboration with the AUT Tribology and Surface Engineering Laboratory, please contact us. We welcome researchers outside AUT to use our lab facilities.
We have connections and partnerships with people across New Zealand and around the world.
Currently, we are collaborating with: