School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


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

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Senior Lecturer in Tribology and Dynamics


BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering, PhD in Tribology

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

Research Group Responsibilities


Research Interests and Activities

My main research focus is on improving the tribodynamics performance of various IC Engine, Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Powertrain components by increasing Energy Efficiency through reducing Frictional Power Losses and tackling Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) issues simultaneously:

  • Dynamics (Vibration), Contact Mechanics, Tribology and Thermal Analysis with application in bearings, gears, mechanical or radial seals and particularly in vehicle powertrain components such as piston, piston-rings and cylinder liner conjunctions, clutch, valvetrain and transmission systems, big-end bearings and other journal and rolling element bearings
  • 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 Characterisation
  • Study of Lubricant – Surface interaction in various physical 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 am currently involved in various research and enterprise (consultancy) projects with the following industrial partners and research organisations:


  • Capricorn Automotive Ltd. (through EPSRC DTPscheme) – Developing Low Friction Engine Components (An example of published research: 1)
  • AVL List (through EPSRC CDT-ei scheme) – Developing Predictive Tribodynamics Models for Piston Rings (Examples of published research: 1, 2, 3)
  • AVL List (through EPSRC CDT-ei scheme) – Developing Predictive Tribodynamics Models for Bevel / Hypoid Gears
  • Tribodynamics of a High-Performance Racing Transmission System (through EPSRC DTP scheme) (Examples of published research: 1, 2)
  • Neapco Germany (through EPSRC DTP scheme) – Transmission Seals (An example of published research: 1)
  • Denso Japan (Direct funding)
  • Tribodynamics of a Constant Velocity (CV) Joint for a High-Performance Racing Vehicle Application (through EPSRC DTP scheme)


I have also worked with the following institutions and industrial partners on various research as well as enterprise (consultancy) projects:



I have also worked with a consortium of industrial partners in the EPSRC funded Encyclopaedic national program grant including Aston-Martin Lagonda, BP Castrol, ES Technology, Capricorn Automotive Ltd, Prodrive, Ricardo Consulting Engineers (Examples of published research: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)


External Activities

  • Associate Editor for Proceedings of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology
  • Guest Editor for Special Issue on Textured Surfaces (Vol. 229, Issue 4, 2015) in Proceedings of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology
  • Guest Editor for Special Issue on Tribology of Powertrain Systems in MDPI Lubricants
  • Editorial Board Member of Springer Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE A (JZUS-A)
  • External Examiner for PhD candidates in various UK Universities including Leeds, Bath, City, Coventry, Bradford, Southampton and Nottingham Universities
  • Invited reviewer for various institutions, publishers and journals including:
    • ASME Journal of Tribology and ASME conferences
    • STLE Tribology Transactions
    • IMechE /Sage
      • 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
      • Applied Mathematical Modelling
      • Journal of Materials Research and Technology
      • Simulation Modelling and Practice
      • Wear
    • Inderscience International Journal of Powertrains (IJPT)
    • ASTM Materials Performance and Characterization
    • MDPI Lubricates, Applied Sciences, Materials, etc.
    • PLOS ONE
    • SAE
    • Royal Society Proceedings A
    • CRC Press
    • Wiley Publishing

Deputy Theme Leader for Dynamics and Thermofluids Research Theme


  • Programme Director for MSc Course in Mechanical Engineering
  • DIS (Diploma of Industrial Studies) visiting tutor
  • Part A and B personal tutor
  • Lecturing subjects:
    • Contact Mechanics: Tribology (Module Leader)
    • Engineering Dynamics 2 (Module Leader)
    • Drivetrain Dynamics
    • Noise and Vibration