Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Honorary Lecturer







564City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Sorin has a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Automatic Transmissions (2007) and a Master’s Degree in Automotive Fuel Economy and Safety (2009) from the Politechnica University of Bucharest, Romania. He is currently carrying out PhD research in the Tribology Group under the supervision of Dr. Tom Reddyhoff. His work is focused on the influence of laser produced surface texture on film thickness and friction force in a convergent-divergent bearing under different lubrication regimes, closely replicating an automotive piston ring-cylinder liner conjunction.



Profito FJ, Vladescu S, Reddyhoff, et al., 2016, Transient experimental and modelling studies of laser-textured micro-grooved surfaces with a focus on piston-ring cylinder liner contacts, Tribology International, Vol:113, ISSN:1879-2464, Pages:125-136

Vladescu S-C, Olver AV, Pegg IG, et al., 2016, Combined friction and wear reduction in a reciprocating contact through laser surface texturing, Wear, Vol:358-359, ISSN:0043-1648, Pages:51-61

Vladescu S-C, Medina S, Olver AV, et al., 2016, The Transient Friction Response of a Laser-Textured, Reciprocating Contact to the Entrainment of Individual Pockets, Tribology Letters, Vol:62, ISSN:1573-2711

Vladescu S, medina S, olver A, et al., 2016, Lubricant film thickness and friction force measurements in a laser surfacetextured reciprocating line contact simulating the piston ring – linerpairing, Tribology International, Vol:98, ISSN:1879-2464, Pages:317-329


Vladescu S, Reddyhoff T, Olver A, et al., 2017, Bearing interface with recesses to reduce friction, US20170009886 A1

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