Future Cities and Mobility: the challenges for Tribology

21 Feb 2019
Teddington, Middlesex

IOM3 supports this event through the Surface Engineering Division, of which UK Tribology is part

Introduction: Technological developments and disruptive business models will have a significant impact on how people and goods move around the UK and to and from the UK over the coming decades. The UK Government states the UK will become a world leader in shaping the future of mobility. We are on the cusp of a profound change in how we move people, goods and services around our towns, cities, countryside and globally. This is driven by extraordinary innovation in engineering, technology and business models. The UK’s road and rail network could dramatically reduce carbon emissions and other pollutants, congestion could be reduced through higher-density use of road space enabled by automated vehicles, and mobility could be available when we want it, where we want it and how we want it. We will look for opportunities to improve customers’ experience, drive efficiency and enable people to move around more freely. Among the current great challenges in transportation we find the reduction of renewable material consumption, the limitation of greenhouse gas emissions, the scaling down of maintenance cost and frequency and, for mechanical transmissions, the extension of their life and their efficiency. Other drivers of change and need for innovative tribological solutions area are autonomy (driverless cars/trucks, trains, UAVs, ships etc), predictive condition based maintenance, mobility of an ageing population and extending asset use. 


Aim of the day: This FIRST national tribology conference organised by five professional bodies (IoP, IET, IOM3, IMechE and RSC) is truly multidisciplinary and aims to explore the tribological challenges of future cities and mobility and discuss existing and future tribological solutions to enable this vision to be realised and for UK companies to innovate and lead the world through informed design.  


Programme: The morning will consist of a keynote speaker from Arup who will detail the vision on future mobility for cities and detail the tribological challenges in meeting this vision. This will be followed by a structured response by the tribology community to these challenges with areas such as human mobility and automotive, rail, sea, air transportation, lubricants and smart machines (tribotronics) being covered.  The afternoon will consist of breakout discussion groups to look at the individual challenges, funding opportunities for industry and academia, future testing and simulation, standards and much more.  There will be an exhibition, poster session and wine reception to aid networking and discussions.  

Registration details to follow, but the event will be a low cost to attend, of the order of £30+VAT, with limited free places for students (subject to availability). Opportunities exist for sponsorship.

Venue and booking

Event Location: 
National Physical Laboratory
Hampton Road
TW11 0LW
United Kingdom
Contact details: 

David W Arthur, IOM3 staff lead for UK Tribology

email: david.arthur@iom3.org

phone: 0114 327 1960


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