School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr Ramin Rahmani BSc (Hons.), MSc, PhD

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Senior Lecturer in Tribology and Dynamics


BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering, PhD in Tribology, Member of ASME, STLE and SAE

Joined Loughborough University initially as a Research Associate and currently a Senior Lecturer in the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

School Research Group

  • Dynamics Research Group (DRG)


Research Interests and Activities

My main research focus is on improving the tribodynamics performance of various IC Engine and Drivetrain components by increasing Energy Efficiency through reducing Frictional Power Losses and also tackling Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) issues.

  • Dynamics, Contact Mechanics and Tribology with application in bearings, gears, mechanical seals and particularly vehicle powertrain components such as piston, piston-rings and cylinder liner conjunctions

  • Mechanical Surface Engineering such as Laser Surface Texturing with application in enhancing tribological performance of various conjunctions

  • Implications of Hybridisation of engine powertrain and use of modern engine management technologies such as Engine Stop-Start and Cylinder Deactivation (CDA) technologies on tribological and NVH performance of Engine Powertrain Components

  • Thermodynamics of IC Engines with focus on Adverse Environmental Emissions

  • Lubricant Rheology and Surface Topography (Roughness) Characterisation

  • Study of Lubricant – Surface interaction in various scales as a system

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) with application in analysis of cavitation phenomenon in lubricated tribological conjunctions and gas blow-by analysis in IC engines

  • Guided Stochastic Search / Optimisation Methods (Genetic Algorithms)


Industrial Collaborations

  • I have worked with multitude of industrial partners in the EPSRC funded Encyclopaedic program grant including:

  • Aston-Martin Lagonda

  • BP Castrol

  • Ricardo Consulting Engineers

  • Capricorn Automotive Ltd

  • Prodrive

  • ES Technology

  • I have also worked with the following industrial partners on various research and consultancy projects:

  • Ford Motor Co

  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

  • Coleherne Ltd.

  • Pera Technology

  • Specialist Lubricants Ltd.

  • Concentric UK

  • I am currently involved in various research projects with the following industrial partners and research organisations:

  • BP Castrol Ltd. (through EPSRC CDT-ei scheme) –  Study of Engine Lubricant Properties

  • Capricorn Automotive Ltd. (through EPSRC CDT-ei scheme) – Developing Low Friction Engine Components

  • AVL List (through EPSRC CDT-ei scheme) – Developing Predictive Tribodynamics Models for Piston Rings and Bevel / Hypoid Gears

  • Tribodynamics of a High Performance Transmission System (Direct funding from industrial partner)

  • Lubrizol (Direct funding) – Effect of Lubricant Rheology in Transmission Systems

  • Caterpillar (through Innovate UK) – Engine-based Driveline Disconnect for Downsizing

  • JCB (through Innovate UK) – Increasing Energy Efficiency in Eco Axle and Eco Driveline

  • Neapco (through EPSRC DTP scheme) – Transmission Seals

  • HF Mixing Group (Farrel Ltd.) (through Innovate UK KTP scheme) – Study of Dust Stopper Seals for Mixing Machinery

  • International Institute for Cavitation Research (ICR) funded by Lloyds Register Foundation (LRF) – Cavitation in Tribological Conjunctions


External Activities

Reviewer for various journals including:

ASME Journal of Tribology

STLE Tribology Transactions

IMechE Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology, Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics

Elsevier Tribology International, International Journal of Thermal Sciences and Applied Mathematical Modelling

Inderscience International Journal of Powertrains (IJPT)

ASTM Materials Performance and Characterization

MDPI Lubricates



Current Teaching Subjects

  • Drivetrain Dynamics

  • Contact Mechanics: Tribology

  • Noise and Vibration

  • Engineering Dynamics

  • Engineering Science

  • Applied Mechanics