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SKF University Technology Centre 

For over a century, bearings have been an essential element in mechanical industry. Automotive, aerospace, power generation and heavy machinery products rely on bearings to ensure safe, reliable and efficient operation. The most important material in bearings is high performance steel. Its composition has evolved throughout the last century both to satisfy the needs of specific demands, and to incrementally improve its properties. For example the needs of a jet turbine bearing are very different than those for a windmill or an electric car. Bearing steels can be conceived to address different properties and concerns such as high loads, corrosion, durability, operation temperature and impact. For the materials scientist those concerns are translated into properties of the materials themselves.

Our research focuses on projects addressing some of the most pressing concerns in materials science: understanding the relationship between steel microstructure to achieve the desired properties. We currently focus on rolling contact fatigue, hydrogen embrittlement, developing novel nanostroctured steels and in understanding the effects of steel processing on bearing properties. We also employ state of the art characterisation techniques to understand the microstructrures of high performance steels from the atomic level.

The partnership between SKF and the University Technology Centre performs pioneering research leading to a range of new and improved products. This cooperation offers researchers the opportunity to work on long term challenging projects, from which technological results will be transferred from the laboratory to industrial products and applications. 

The SKF University Technology Centre operates within the Maxwell Centre since early 2016.