Steel Forming and Surface Engineering

Our main research fields are metal working, tribology and surface engineering, focusing on the relationship between processing, microstructure and material properties. Research is conducted in close collaboration with industry and other universities using state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

Within the fields of metal working and metal forming, our research focuses on the development of physically based models of the microstructural evolution of carbon and stainless steels during plastic deformation. Mechanical characterization using, for example, thermo-mechanical compression testing as well as microstructural characterization using high resolution scanning electron microscopy in combination with electron backscatter electron diffraction (EBSD) are used to obtain in-put parameters for the modelling. The work is performed in close collaboration with the Swedish steel industry.

Within the fields of tribology and surface engineering, we concentrate on the mechanisms of friction and wear and the way in which materials design and surface engineering can be applied to obtain improved performance in different types of applications such as metal forming, metal cutting and rock drilling.

The research is diversified, including advanced methods for mechanical and tribological testing, state-of-the art techniques for microscopy and surface analysis, friction and wear modelling and surface engineering. Research is conducted in close collaboration with both Swedish industry and other institutes of higher education in Sweden.

Education and Research School

We offer a number of courses and are involved with two of the University's engineering programmes. We also have a research school, namely Stålindustrins forskarskola.

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