The occurrence of degradation and failure of components in due time is almost always not desirable, but often also unavoidable. The reason behind the need for maintenance is the occurrence of such degradation phenomena, maintenance could therefore also be seen as actions counteracting degradation. It is therefore of importance to analyze, model and monitor degradation mechanisms, such that accurate lifetime predictions can be made.
The Surface engineering and Maintenance group is dedicated to the analysis of degradation mechanisms. Within the group, experimentally validated models of degradation mechanisms are being developed, facilitating lifetime predictions. The focus is on tribological mechanisms happening at surfaces, at interfaces and in contacts. The research is therefore closely connected to the field of tribology and involves contact mechanics, friction and wear modelling as well as lubrication.
Based on the analysis and modelling of degradation mechanisms and processes, lifetime and reliability predictions can be made, supporting maintenance. Our research has been applied to a wide range of applications in many industrial sectors, ranging from high tech equipment, maritime applications, the automotive industry to manufacturing processes.
Further, we teach several courses related to tribology, failure mechanisms, surfaces and contacts in the different Bachelor and Master programmes of the faculty of Engineering Technology of the University of Twente.
As a group we are part of the department of Mechanics of Solids, Surfaces & Systems (MS3). Within the department, there a strong connections and collaborations with other research groups.