Poster Competition Provides Great Opportunities For Young Tribology Engineers

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2017 competition winner, Leonardo Wechie, talks about the benefits of taking part in the IET Tribology Network's prestigious poster competition.

The IET Tribology Network’s flagship annual event – New Challenges in Tribology – is just a few months away, bringing with it a great opportunity for young engineers in the field to learn about the latest developments and network with sector experts.

Additionally, this means that entries are now open for the Tribology Network’s prestigious poster competition, where entrants have the chance to not only win a certificate and a book from Taylor and Francis, but also present their work to experts in their field in a quick-fire conference presentation.

A no-brainer to enter

Everyone who has his or her poster accepted will receive free registration to the two-day event, making it a no-brainer to enter! 

Leonardo Wechie, a PhD student from the University of Leeds, was one of last year’s two poster competition winners. 

“I heard about the competition online and thought it was a great opportunity to showcase my work amongst fellow researchers, tribologists and interested parties".

Showcase your work

Working on his thesis entitled Tribological Performance of Through-Hardened and Case-Hardned (Nitrided) Steel Systems in the Boundary Lubrication Regime, Leon's poster focused on additive interactions with non-nitrided and nitrided steel coatings.

“Nitriding is a popular technique used to treat automotive and industrial components". “It's well known to reduce friction and wear however, if we compare this to studies of zinc dialkyl dithiophosphate (ZDDP) additives on conventional steel surfaces, there is little very understanding about the tribochemistry occurring at these nitrogen-rich boundary contacts – the how and the why. My poster demonstrated a steer in that direction".

Knowledge sharing and networking opportunities

As a competition entrant Leon was given free registration to the event, something he found of huge benefit to his professional development in terms of knowledge sharing and networking, amongst other things. 

As a competitor Leon was given the chance to exhibit his poster at conference, allowing him to share his work with attendees as well as hear expert speakers share their own knowledge. In addition, finalists take to the stage to deliver a short presentation, which is watched by the panel of judges who also hold informal interviews with competition participants. 

“As a PhD student my research is quite focused, however, this event allowed me to network with others outside of my research, giving a well-rounded feel of tribology as a whole. I found attending very useful, as guest speakers from industry identified the relevance, importance and impact of tribology in their commercial areas, while academics gave an insight into their problem-solving approaches and their technical analytical skills".

Leon recommends that fellow young engineers in this field enter this competition, as they gain just so much from taking part in the event.

A chance to advance your own career

“Attending this event helps with networking, plus they might find state of the art techniques out there that could advance their own research and approach to tribological problems. Also, it is important to remember that tribology encompasses many other subjects outside engineering, i.e. physics, chemistry, computer science etc. and so meeting people from other disciplines encourages a more well-rounded way of approaching this subject”.

Call for posters

The call for posters is currently open, and abstracts will be accepted for consideration up to Friday 16 February 2018.

For an opportunity to be invited to exhibit a poster and deliver a short presentation, simply submit a 200-word abstract on your tribology topic of interest.

Find out more and enter on the Call for Posters web page.

New Challenges in Tribology

New Challenges in Tribology is a two-day event that will see key members of the sector address current challenges in productivity through tribology, along with the developments of materials and surface coatings. 

The event takes place on 14-15 March at IET Birmingham: Austin Court, with confirmed speakers currently including Professor Paul Heinz Mayrhofer, Chair of Materials Science at TU Wien in Austria, Professor José Endrino from Cranfield University and Dr Lien Ngo, Innovation Lead, Advanced Materials at Innovate UK. Register your interest in attending at
Posted by Carl Resch on Jan 8, 2018 11:16 AM Europe/London

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