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.

Learning outcome


  • Theories of lubrication
  • Lubricants and their chemistry
  • Theories of wear
  • Theories of friction


  • 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 a semester project. Parts of the course may use a flipped classroom model. Students need to submit a project 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.

Compulsory assignments

  • Project

Further on evaluation

Some lectures in this course will use quizzes, exercises and a project as learning tool. The quizzes are optional. The project will be mandatory to go to the exam.

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

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

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TMM4205 4.0 AUTUMN 2024
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

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 *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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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