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Professor Hugh Spikes is Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Investigator in the Tribology research group.  He has published over three hundred 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 twelve 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, Ewen J, Spikes H, 2022, Substituent effects on the mechanochemical response of zinc dialkyldithiophosphate, Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, Vol:7, ISSN:2058-9689, Pages:1045-1055

Ayestaran Latorre C, Moore J, Remias J, et al., 2021, Mechanochemistry of phosphate esters confined between sliding iron surfaces, Communications Chemistry, Vol:4, ISSN:2399-3669, Pages:1-11

Zhang J, Ewen JP, Ueda M, et al., 2020, Mechanochemistry of zinc dialkyldithiophosphate on steel surfaces under elastohydrodynamic lubrication conditions, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol:12, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:6662-6676

Ueda M, Kadiric A, Spikes H, 2019, On the crystallinity and durability of ZDDP tribofilm, Tribology Letters, Vol:67, ISSN:1023-8883, Pages:1-13

Reddyhoff T, Schmidt A, Spikes H, 2019, Thermal conductivity and flash temperature, Tribology Letters, Vol:67, ISSN:1023-8883, Pages:22-22

Spikes HA, 2018, Stress-augmented thermal activation: Tribology feels the force, Friction, Vol:6, ISSN:2223-7690, Pages:1-31

Ewen J, Gattinoni C, Zhang J, et al., 2017, On the effect of confined fluid molecular structure on nonequilibrium phase behaviour and friction, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol:19, ISSN:1463-9084, Pages:17883-17894

Zhang J, Spikes HA, 2016, On the mechanism of ZDDP antiwear film formation, Tribology Letters, Vol:63, ISSN:1573-2711, Pages:1-15

Spikes HA, 2015, Friction modifier additives, Tribology Letters, Vol:60, ISSN:1573-2711

Spikes H, Tysoe W, 2015, On the Commonality Between Theoretical Models for Fluid and Solid Friction, Wear and Tribochemistry, Tribology Letters, Vol:59, ISSN:1573-2711

Campen S, Green JH, Lamb GD, et al., 2015, In situ study of model organic friction modifiers using liquid cell AFM; saturated and mono-unsaturated carboxylic acids, Tribology Letters, Vol:57, ISSN:1023-8883, Pages:1-20

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

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

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

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