Workshop: Fretting and Extreme Pressure

The high frequency and short amplitudes in fretting wear make it particularly dangerous due to its multitude of effects on materials. Fatigue can occur in lower loaded contacts, at higher loads wear debris is generated and transformations occur in the material. This dynamic and multi-faceted form of wear is present from such areas as biomedical materials to automotive and aerospace. 

To properly assess and monitor fretting, tribometers must be sensitive yet robust to ensure that data resolution is maintained throughout testing while maintaining the loading conditions. Optimol Instruments began in 1964 and are one of the world’s leading providers of solutions for tribological modelling, simulation and analysis. The SRV platform enables high-precision and application-oriented investigations of friction and wear.


Samuel McMaster completed his PhD in 2020 at the University of Leeds where he investigated the nanomechanical properties of diamond-like carbon coatings to assess tribological performance under the supervision of Prof. Tomasz Liskiewicz, Prof Ben Beake and Prof. Anne Neville. Dr McMaster is currently a Materials Scientist (KTP Associate) at Coventry University and is the Event Manager of Surface Ventures.