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Richard Waudby

Current position at VTT

Research Scientist, Advanced Materials

Current research topics

Impact and scratch wear research and modelling

There has been wide interest in the tribological research of materials and systems and how to translate this new information to engineers and designers to improve their products. Methods employed include the use of materials selection software and methodologies, material specific wear maps and computer modelling and simulation techniques. The latter has become increasingly more influential as computing capabilities have increased culminating in complex Finite Element Modelling (FEM) techniques generating data such as strain and stress distributions. The root of many problems regarding functionality and efficiency can be traced to the surface regions of the product. Common problems can be caused by a change of chemical composition of the surface, inappropriate friction or mechanical degradation of the surface. These can be complex and demanding problems requiring great ingenuity and application to resolve. Knowing how to detect these issues and how to remedy the situation is in my opinion the essence of tribology and surface engineering.

The work will cover a range of surface modification techniques, tribology test methods and material and tribo-characterisation techniques and how these can be integrated with current materials modelling research at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

Current major research projects at VTT

PolyFric – Polymeric friction and modelling
DesiCri – Design criteria – impact wear and modelling
HICONS – High friction, low wear contacts for industrial applications

Education

Ph.D student, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK
Materials Science and Engineering M.Eng(Hons), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK

Work history

Masters researcher, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK
Research intern, Philips Applied Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Research and quality assurance intern, Cutting and Wear Resistant UK Ltd., Rotherham, UK

Positions of trust and professional assignments

Student member of IET and IOMMM


Additional information

Richard Waudby
Research Scientist
+358 20 722 5411

Additional information

Richard Waudby
Research Scientist
+358 20 722 5411