TWI was represented by Heidi Lovelock, manager of TWI’s Surfacing Engineering Section, at a recent event hosted at Buckingham Palace by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
Heidi joined other prominent figures invited to a special anniversary reception held to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of a ground-breaking report which introduced the word ‘tribology’. Originating from the Greek ‘tribos’ (to rub), tribology can be informally described as the science and engineering of friction, lubrication and wear.
In the 50 years since the publication of the Jost Report, this branch of science and engineering has garnered global interest, with tribology societies, professional chairs and groups established in many countries around the world.
Around 130 guests from all over the globe attended the event in Central London, representing many aspects of the economically vital engineering discipline.
Heidi has been involved with tribological research since 1989 and has authored or co-authored 11 scientific papers on the subject of the unlubricated wear performance of materials and coatings, including a paper on the tribo-mechanical properties of cobalt-based alloys which won the ASME Journal of Tribology 2009 Best Paper Award.
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