Project: Jacob Wallenberg Foundation grant for research in materials science.
Jacob Wallenberg Foundation (Sweden)
Researcher: Dr George K. Nikas (Mechanical Engineering Department)
Supervisor: Mr Per Storm, Secretary to IVA.
Project duration: 12 months (2007-2008).
Grant: £7,400 (100,000 SEK).
Final report: A technical report was compiled by Dr Nikas for the sponsors. The 23-page report presents the research work completed by Dr Nikas during the period of the grant.
Dr Nikas was awarded a Jacob Wallenberg Foundation grant in May 2007 to continue his research in materials science. A grant of 100,000 SEK (about £7,400) is given to one or two researchers worldwide annually. Dr Nikas gladly accepted the grant and made an introductory presentation about his scientific research at the SKF's Club House in Slottsviken, Sweden, on the 30th of October 2007, invited by the SKF Group CEO and President Tom Johnstone, chairman of the Jacob Wallenberg Foundation board. The grant was received in November 2007 and a final report on the work done was submitted in October 2008.
Dr Nikas was free to choose the topics of his research and how to spend the money of the grant. In summary, during the 12-month period of the grant, Dr Nikas completed the following tasks.
Authored one technical report (117 pages) for the European Union on the finite element analysis of surface coatings in rolling and fretting contacts..
Authored two book chapters in two different books by invitation from Nova Publishers in the USA. A 46-page chapter on the tribology of reciprocating hydraulic seals and a 47-page chapter on the review of detrimental effects of solid contaminants in machine element contacts.
Authored three papers (one by invitation in a special Journal issue) and published in the IMechE Journal of Engineering Tribology. One paper deals with a novel lubrication mechanism involving two-phase fluids and porous bearings materials; the other two papers concern the finite element analysis of layered rolling and fretting contacts.
Gave an invited lecture in an IMechE 1-day seminar in London on reciprocating seals.
Submitted more than 50 reviews of papers as referee in scientific Journals in tribology and mechanical sciences. Furthermore, as external referee and upon invitation by the Czech Science Foundation in the Czech Republic, Dr Nikas submitted reviews for 2 research grant applications.
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