MM8405 - Advanced tribology and surface technology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Tribology is the science and engineering of surfaces in relative motion. The course deals with the main tribological mechanisms of component and construction failure. In this course you will learn about surface roughness, friction and lubrication regimes, wear and lubricant chemistry. The goal of the course is to give the students knowledge and skills in wear, friction, lubrication, lubricants for meeting the needs of the industry in their future professional careers.The aim is to provide the student with tools within the field of tribology to perform proper and adequate research. Surface protection methods (such as coatings) will also be taught in this course.

Learning outcome


  • Theories of lubrication
  • Lubricants and their chemistry
  • Theories of wear
  • Theories of friction
  • The most important types of coatings and surface modifications for protection of surfaces


  • Ability to understand the different theories from multiple sources,and be able to use this theory on practical applications.
  • Ability to report research results according to the understanding gained in the different theories
  • Ability to prepare a presentation with the goal of communicating research results
  • Be able to communicate and present the obtained knowledge

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, teamwork, quizzes and demonstrations. Parts of the course may use a flipped classroom model. Students need a number of approved calculation and research exercises to access examination. The lectures and exercises are in English. The examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for answering the exam.

Further on evaluation

Some lectures in this course will use quizzes as learning tool. The quizzes are optional, but if the students deliver the answers extra points will be given and will be added to the final grade.

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral. For a re-take of an examination, all exercises and deliveries during the course must be approved/passed.

Required previous knowledge

All students taking this course must be enrolled in a ph.d program at NTNU or a different university.

Course materials

Lecture notes (power point presentations), some research papers, documents uploaded in blackboard, videos, voluntary exercises and quizzes. Book: Engineering Tribology, Authors: Stachowiak, Batchelor. From

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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Machine Design and Materials Technology - Mechanical Integrity
  • Machine Design and Matherials Technology - Products and Machine Design
  • Machine Design and Materials Technology
  • Machine Design and Materials Technology - Mechanical Integrity in Machine Design
  • Materials and Processes
  • Technological subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-11-24 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2024-06-03 09:00 PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Storhall del 2 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 3
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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