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Professor Hugh Spikes is Emeritus Professor, Senior Research Investigator and Head of the Tribology research group.  He has published over two hundred and fifty refereed papers and patents in the field of Tribology, spanning many aspects of liquid lubricant behaviour ranging from boundary to hydrodynamic lubrication.

In 2004, Hugh Spikes was awarded the three major medals that are bestowed internationally for contributions to Tribology, the International Award of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, the Mayo D. Hersey Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Tribology Trust Gold Medal. With his research students he has also received ten best paper awards, from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Zhang J, Spikes H, 2016, On the Mechanism of ZDDP Antiwear Film Formation, Tribology Letters, Vol:63, ISSN:1023-8883

Spikes H, 2015, Friction Modifier Additives, Tribology Letters, Vol:60, ISSN:1023-8883

Hartinger M, Dumont M-L, Ioannides S, et al., 2008, CFD modeling of a thermal and shear-thinning elastohydrodynamic line contact, Journal of Tribology - Transactions of the ASME, Vol:130, ISSN:0742-4787

Olomolehin Y, Kapadia R, Spikes H, 2010, Antagonistic Interaction of Antiwear Additives and Carbon Black, Tribology Letters, Vol:37, ISSN:1023-8883, Pages:49-58

Topolovec-Miklozic K, Lockwood F, Spikes H, 2008, Behaviour of boundary lubricating additives on DLC coatings, Wear, Vol:265, ISSN:0043-1648, Pages:1893-1901

Ingram M, Noles J, Watts R, et al., 2011, Frictional Properties of Automatic Transmission Fluids: Part II-Origins of Friction-Sliding Speed Behavior, Tribology Transactions, Vol:54, ISSN:1040-2004, Pages:154-167

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