Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Professor in Tribology



+44 (0)20 7594 7242d.dini Website




Mrs Chrissy Stevens +44 (0)20 7594 7064




669City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Professor Dini's research interests are in the field of tribology for the study of friction, wear, coated systems, fretting fatigue and crack initiation and propagation under contact fatigue. He has pioneered a number of modelling techniques to study tribological problems at various length- and time-scales as well as multi-scale coupling methodologies.  Particular focus is placed on the mechanisms governing the behaviour of interfaces and fluid/solid interactions.

Numerical methds such as Finite Elements, Boundary Elements and Finite Volumes are routinely implemneted and used in in-house codes and routines developed by Professor Dini's research group. Distributed dislocations techniques and asymptotic methods are also part of his research activities.  Applications of his expertise to lubricated and nano-tribological systems have also been developed.

Material constitutive modelling at low and high temperatures also constitutes an area of great interest to him with particular application to micro and meso-scale Finite Element elasto-plastic modelling.  X-ray and neutron diffraction strain measurements are part of his experimental expertise.

PhD studentships

Applications are invited for PhD studentships at any time during the year.

The research is mainly focused on the modelling of tribological systems for various applications with sponsored PhD in 2017 for the following: nuclear (Rolls-Royce), cutting tools (Element Six) and lubricants and additives (Afton Chemical).  Both analytical/numerical modelling and experimental work will be promoted.

Further details as follows:

  • The minimum academic requirement is a UK 2.1 (second upper) Engineering degree, or equivalent, but also candidates with degrees in Materials, Maths, Computing and Physics will be considered. A bursary of about £16.5K/year and fees will be covered if successful in your aplication.
  • Exceptional EU students are eligible to apply.
  • Application for students willing to start by October 2017 are under consideration.

To apply, please e-mail covering letter and CV to 

Current Research Topics

  • Tribology
  • Biotribology (articular cartilage, osteoarthritis, tissue indentation and damage, bio-lubrication modelling, soft contacts)
  • Fatigue and Fracture (Including Fretting Fatigue)
  • Applied Contact Mechanics (Bosch, EPSRC)
  • Lubrication in the Presence of Cavitation and Textured Surfaces
  • Rolling Contact Fatigue and Mechanics of Lubricated Cracks (EPSRC, SKF and National Rails)
  • Asymptotic Approaches for Contact Problems
  • Crack Initiation and Propagation in the Presence of Interfaces and Lubrication
  • Material modelling of engineering couplings (EPSRC, Rolls-Royce, GKN, JCB, Michelin)
  • Shock Physics and Impact using Dislocation Dynamics (EPSRC - TSM CDT)
  • Multi-scale Modelling (EPSRC - TSM CDT)
  • CFD Modelling of Bearings (SKF)
  • Molecular Dynamic Simulations (Confined Fluids and Lubricants)
  • Polycrystalline Diamond characterisation (Element Six and TSM CDT)
  • Adhesion Models and Contact Mechanics for Discrete Element Modelling (DEM) of Granular Flow and Compaction (TSM CDT and Johnson Matthey)


    Dr Dini Mechanical Engineering, Dr D Balint Mechanical Engineering, and Dr Serdar Ozbayraktar of Element 6, Imperial College London, Supervision of TSM-CDT PhD project on failure of diamond composites for which the students is Mahdieh Tajabadi Ebrahimi., 2013

    Dr Daniel Balint Mechanical Engineering; Dr Daniele Dini Mechanical Engineering; Dr Daniel Eakins Physics, Imperial College London, Supervision of TSM-CDT PhD project on elastodynamic treatment of dislocation dynamics, for which the student is Benat Gurrutxaga Lerma, 2011

    Dr Ambrose Taylor

    Dr Tamer Zaki

    Dr Daniel Balint

    Professor Kamran Nikbin

    Professor Adrian P. Sutton, FRS

    Professor David Ewins, Dynamics

    Professor Tony Kinloch

    Dr Maria Charalambides


    Professor Hugh Spikes, Tribology

    Dr Philippa Cann, Tribology

    Dr Andy Olver, Tribology


    Research Staff



    Research Student Supervision

    ACCARDI,M, DTA Award, Tribological and mechanical characterisation of articular cartilage behaviour

    BALARAM,G, MSc-Advanced Fracture Mechanics

    BALCOMBE,R, EPSRC-Lubricated crack

    CHARLES,B, MSc Project:: MD simulation of bubbles in bulk fluids

    HAJISHAFIEE,A, PhD - CFD of EHL contacts

    LAFOND,N, MSC-Advanced Fracture Mechanics

    MEERSCHMAN,OD, MSc - Design of Suspensions (Associate Supervisor)

    MONAGHAN,K, Studies of seals for aueronautical applications

    REINA,S, DTI-Collaborative project GKN, JCB, CORUS, MIchelin

    SMITH,E, PhD - Molecular-continuum coupling

    ZOGRAFOS,A, DTI - Collaborative project GKN, JCB, CORUS, MIchelin