Professor Rob Dwyer-Joyce

BSc PhD CEng FIMechE

Prof Dwyer-Joyce

Professor of Lubrication Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering
RC02f Mappin Mining Block
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD
UK

Telephone: +44(0)114 2227736
Fax: +44(0)114 2227840

email : r.dwyer-joyce@sheffield.ac.uk


Profile

Rob Dwyer-Joyce is Professor of Lubrication Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has a first degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College and a PhD in Tribology. After graduating he worked for British Gas in the Petroleum Production Division and offshore on the Rough gas field. Rob joined the Department in 1994; he manages the Leonardo Centre for Tribology that specialises in industrial wear and lubrication problems, and the development of metrology tools for tribology. Rob teaches fluid mechanics and tribology of machine elements to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Rob is the Director of the Leonardo Tribology Centre.

Other professional activities and achievements:

  • Editor in Chief of IMechE Proceedings part J
  • Director of Leonardo Centre for Tribology & Surface Engineering
  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Tribology
  • Board member of Journal of Lubrication Science, Wiley
  • STLE Frank P Bussick Award for best paper 2008
  • STLE Edmund Bisson Award for best paper 2005
  • KL Johnson best paper on Contact Mechanics, ASME Journal of Tribology 2006
  • Fylde Electronic Laboratories Prize for best paper in Strain 2008
  • EPSRC college member

Areas of Research

Professor Dwyer-Joyce's research covers a range of industrial wear and lubrication problems. The work involves the development of metrology tools, experimental techniques (wear, friction, bearings and lubrication rigs), and advanced analytical models. The projects are funded by a combination of EPSRC, EU and industry.

One research theme is the wear of engineering components. This involves testing on specimens and real components, as well as modelling and development of wear resistant systems. Projects have included wear of railway wheels, recession of engine valves, wear of rolling bearings, polymer bearing and gears, aircraft landing gear pins, and wear in automotive chain drives. Recently this work has been extended into aspects of bio-tribology, including design of a mandibular joint replacement, and human tooth wear.

Another activity is the development of sensors for studying interfaces in machine components. Instruments have been developed to determine the contact area and pressure distribution. This has been used to study contacts in CV joints, graphite nuclear reactor bricks, and seals. Some unique work has been performed to measure the contact stress in shrink fitted components like railway wheel axles.

Professor Dwyer-Joyce's research group has developed and patented a device for the ultrasonic measurement of lubricant film thickness. The instrument allows the on-line measurement of oil film thickness (down to nanometer thick films) in components. This has been used to measure films in rolling bearings, prosthetic hip joints, motorsport pistons, seals, and the thrust pads for the Dinorwig power station. This work is currently being commercialised by Tribosonics Ltd. a University spinout company.

Research Projects

  • The measurement of lubricant films in machine elements using ultrasound
  • Design and development of low maintenance articulating pin joints
  • Non-destructive determination of contact stress in components
  • Railway wheel and rail wear modelling and experiments
  • Oil film measuring in piston rings, prosthetic hip joints, mechanical seals, and rolling bearings
  • Effectiveness of teeth cleaning and oral hygiene
  • Abrasive wear in the rice processing industry
  • Low friction materials for bridge bearings

Teaching

Prof. Dwyer-Joyce teaches Fluids Engineering (MEC208) to Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomechanical Engineering students. This second year course is all about the interaction between fluids and engineering machines and structures. It gives students the tools to determine how the properties of liquids and gases are changed when they interact with components like pipelines, pumps, aerofoils or turbine blades, and how this results in transfer of force, torque, momentum and energy.

Current Research Grants

  • Northern Wind Innovation Programme with Ricardo (Jan 2010), 'Superlife Bearing' for offshore wind turbine applications. £70,000
     
  • EU RCFS grant (Dec 2009), 'Roll gap Sensors'. Four year project to design and build sensors for metal rolling. £114,860
     
  • Unilever Research Ltd. (2010), PhD studentship to study abrasion in oral hygiene. £96,000
     
  • EPSRC grant `Encyclopaedic´ (Oct 2008), Four year project, Measurement of oil films for automotive piston rings. £472,424
     
  • EPSRC iCASE Studentship (2008), Abrasion or machine elements by rice particles. £63,789
     
  • Buhler Sortex Ltd EPSRC iCASE Studentship (2008), Abrasion or machine elements by rice particles. £21,263
     
  • Jacob Wallenberg Research Grant, (2008), SEK100,000. Bearing related research. £8,650
     
  • Messier-Dowty (Sep 2008). Three year PhD project to develop analysis tools for landing gear pin joint tribology. £85,000.
     
  • Ekspan Ltd. Knowledge Transfer Partnership (Jan 2008). Two year project to study `Bridge bearing design and performance´. £99,044
     
  • Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge Project (ToK), (July 2006). Two year project to implement railway wheel design tools into an industrial environment. Joint with Alstom Ferroviaria and University of Zilina, Slovakia. £168,535

Journal articles

Chapters

Conference proceedings papers

  • collins , Ma Ke M, Hassan-Zahraee A, Zhu J, Mills R, Boxall JB, Dwyer-Joyce R, Dodd T & Anderson S (2016) Robotic Mapping and Localisation in Feature Sparse Water Pipes. 19th World Conference on Non Destructive Testing
  • Fuentes R, Howard T, Marshall MB, Cros EJ, Dwyer-Joyce R, Huntley T & Hestmo RH (2015) Detecting Damage on Wind Turbine Bearings Using Acoustic Emissions and Gaussian Process Latent Variable Models. STRUCTURAL HEALTH MONITORING 2015: SYSTEM RELIABILITY FOR VERIFICATION AND IMPLEMENTATION, VOLS. 1 AND 2 (pp 2302-2309) View this article in WRRO
  • Ramadan DO & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2015) Acoustic Emission for Tool-Chip Interface Monitoring During Orthogonal Cutting. 17th International Conference on Machining and Machinability of Materials. Venice, Italy, 13 August 2015 - 14 August 2015.
  • Ramadan D & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2015) Measuring interface conditions in a cutting tool contact with reflected ultrasound. Proceedings of the 42th Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology. Lyon_France, 7 September 2015 - 9 September 2015.
  • Zhu J, Collins RP, Boxall JB, Mills RS & Dwyer-joyce R (2015) Non-Destructive In-Situ Condition Assessment of Plastic Pipe Using Ultrasound. Procedia Engineering, Vol. 119 (pp 148-157) View this article in WRRO
  • Zhou L, Brunskill HP, Lewis R, Marshall MB & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2014) Dynamic characterisation of the wheel/rail contact using ultrasonic reflectometry. Civil-Comp Proceedings, Vol. 104
  • Mills R, Avan EY & Dwyer-Joyce R (2014) Ultrasonic mapping of lubricant film thickness along a piston skirt and its use to indicate piston secondary motions. 5th World Tribology Congress, WTC 2013, Vol. 3 (pp 1877-1880) View this article in WRRO
  • Nowell D, Mulvihill D, Brunskill H, Kartal M & Dwyer-Joyce R (2014) Measurement and modelling of interface stiffness in frictional contacts. 5th World Tribology Congress, WTC 2013, Vol. 3 (pp 2232-2235) View this article in WRRO
  • Suzuki H, Marshall M & Dwyer-Joyce R (2014) Measurement of lubricant film thickness in a gearbox journal bearing with ultrasonic reflection. 5th World Tribology Congress, WTC 2013, Vol. 3 (pp 2367-2370)
  • Suzuki H, Marshall M, Sims N & Dwyer-Joyce R (2014) Surface texturing by vibration assisted machining with piezoelectric actuator. Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting and Exhibition 2014, Vol. 2 (pp 778-780)
  • Schirru M & Dwyer-Joyce R (2014) Development of new ultrasonic instrumentation to measure lubricant properties in auto engines. Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting and Exhibition 2014, Vol. 1 (pp 237-251)
  • Ooi ES & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2014) A method of evaluating misalignments in rotary seals using ultrasonic Rayleigh waves. Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting and Exhibition 2014, Vol. 1 (pp 41-43)
  • Mills RS & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2014) 2D mapping of piston skirt lubricant film thickness using ultrasound. Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting and Exhibition 2014, Vol. 1 (pp 1-3)
  • Littlefair B, De La Cruz M, Mills R, Theodossiades S, Rahnejat H & Dwyer-Joyce R (2013) Film thickness predictions and measurements of a flexible piston skirt. 5th World Tribology Congress, WTC 2013, Vol. 1 (pp 292-295)
  • Dwyer-Joyce RS & Hunter AK (2013) A novel sensor for lubrication and contact measurement in metal rolling. 5th World Tribology Congress, WTC 2013, Vol. 4 (pp 3048-3051) View this article in WRRO
  • Ooi ES & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2013) Analysing contact interfaces with the use of ultrasonic rayleigh waves. 5th World Tribology Congress, WTC 2013, Vol. 4 (pp 3220-3223) View this article in WRRO
  • Chen W & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2013) Active piezoelectric-sensor based condition monitoring system for rolling element bearings. 5th World Tribology Congress, WTC 2013, Vol. 2 (pp 1790-1793) View this article in WRRO
  • Naumann JR, Dwyer-Joyce RS & Marshall MB (2013) Damage detection in rolling element bearings by acoustic emission outlier analysis. 5th World Tribology Congress, WTC 2013, Vol. 2 (pp 1810-1813) View this article in WRRO
  • Lewis R, Dwyer-Joyce RS, Lewis SR & Hardwick CJ (2012) Tribology of the Wheel/Rail Contact: The Effect of Third Body Materials. Railways 2012
  • Brunskill HP, Zhou L, Lewis R, Marshall MB & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2012) Dynamic characterisation of the wheel/rail contact using ultrasonic reflectometry. 9th International Conference on Contact Mechanics and Wear of Rail/Wheel Systems, CM 2012 (pp 98-102)
  • Pugh SD, Zhu JJ & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2011) Experiments on Grease Performance in Aircraft Landing Gear Pin Joints. PROCEEDINGS OF THE STLE/ASME INTERNATIONAL JOINT TRIBOLOGY CONFERENCE, 2010 (pp 199-201)
  • Avan EY, Mills RS & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2011) SIMULTANEOUS FILM THICKNESS AND FRICTION MEASUREMENT FOR A PISTON RING-CYLINDER CONTACT. PROCEEDINGS OF THE STLE/ASME INTERNATIONAL JOINT TRIBOLOGY CONFERENCE, 2010 (pp 191-193)
  • Dwyer-Joyce RS, Zhu J & Reddyhoff T (2011) ULTRASONIC MEASUREMENT FOR FILM THICKNESS AND SOLID CONTACT IN ELASTOHYDRODYNAMIC LUBRICATION. PROCEEDINGS OF THE STLE/ASME INTERNATIONAL JOINT TRIBOLOGY CONFERENCE, 2010 (pp 111-113)
  • Wheals JC, Hicks RJ, Guern P, Dwyer-Joyce R & Marshall M (2010) Engineering a 10MW gearbox for reliable offshore operation. European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition 2010, EWEC 2010, Vol. 5 (pp 3964-3977)
  • Herbert S, Dwyer-Joyce R, Marshall M & Streatfield A (2010) Monitoring lubrication in wind turbine rolling bearings. European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition 2010, EWEC 2010, Vol. 4 (pp 2538-2558)
  • Tassini N, Quost X, Lewis R, Dwyer-Joyce R, Ariaudo C & Kuka N (2009) A NUMERICAL MODEL OF TWIN DISC TEST ARRANGEMENT FOR EVALUATING RAILWAY WHEEL WEAR PREDICTION ALGORITHMS. PROCEEDINGS OF THE STLE/ASME INTERNATIONAL JOINT TRIBOLOGY CONFERENCE 2008 (pp 469-471)
  • Dwyer-Joyce RS, Yao C & Lewis R (2009) A COMPARISON OF THREE METHODS FOR THE MEASUREMENT OF WHEEL RAIL CONTACT. PROCEEDINGS OF THE STLE/ASME INTERNATIONAL JOINT TRIBOLOGY CONFERENCE 2008 (pp 541-543)
  • Pombo J, Quost X, Tassini N, Ambrósio J, Pereira M, Lewis R, Dwyer-Joyce R, Ariaudo C & Kuka N (2008) A railway wheel wear prediction tool based on multibody software. Proceedings of the Mini Conference on Vehicle System Dynamics, Identification and Anomalies (pp 159-168)
  • Drinkwater BW, Zhang J, Kirk K, Elgoyhen J & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2008) Ultrasonic measurement of rolling element bearing lubrication using piezoelectric thin film transducers. REVIEW OF PROGRESS IN QUANTITATIVE NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION, VOL 27A AND 27B, Vol. 975 (pp 888-895)
  • Dwyer-Joyce RS, Drinkwater BW, Zhang J, Elgoyhen J & Kirk KJ (2008) Instrumentation of a rolling bearing with a thin film piezo coating for oil film measurement. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME/STLE INTERNATIONAL JOINT TRIBOLOGY CONFERENCE, PTS A AND B (pp 383-385)
  • Dwyer-Joyce RS & Beke A (2008) Contact stress, frictional torque and lubrication in articulating pin joints. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME/STLE INTERNATIONAL JOINT TRIBOLOGY CONFERENCE, PTS A AND B (pp 443-445)
  • Quost X, Tassini N, Lewis R, Dwyer-Joyce R, Ariaudo C & Kuka N (2008) Predicting railway wheel wear starting from multi-body analysis: A preliminary study. JRC2008: PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME/IEEE/ASCE JOINT RAIL CONFERENCE (pp 79-87) View this article in WRRO
  • Dwyer-Joyce RS, Yao C & Lewis R (2008) Feasability study for an ultrasonic sensor for monitoring wheel flange contact. JRC2008: PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME/IEEE/ASCE JOINT RAIL CONFERENCE (pp 119-124) View this article in WRRO
  • Dwyer-Joyce RS, Yao C, Lewis R, Zhang J & Drinkwater BW (2008) A rail mounted ultrasonic sensor for contact patch measurement. JRC2008: PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME/IEEE/ASCE JOINT RAIL CONFERENCE (pp 125-130) View this article in WRRO
  • Zhang J, Drinkwater BW & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2006) The measurement of oil film thickness in ball bearings using ultrasound. Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, Vols 25A and 25B, Vol. 820 (pp 1794-1801)
  • Dwyer-Joyce RS, Osborne P & Beck SBM (2006) Measurements of contact and leakge in a pipe flange gasket. Proceedings of STLE/ASME International Joint Tribology Conference, IJTC 2006, Vol. 2006
  • Lewis R, Bruni S, Ekberg A & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2005) A design tool for railway wheels incorporating damage models and dynamic simulations. Proceedings of the 2005 ASME/IEEE Joint Rail Conference, Vol. 29 (pp 73-81) View this article in WRRO
  • Marshall MB, Lewis R & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2005) The application of ultrasound as a tool for studying contact stresses in railway engineering component contacts. Proceedings of the 2005 ASME/IEEE Joint Rail Conference, Vol. 29 (pp 83-88) View this article in WRRO
  • Dwyer-Joyce RS, Lewis R & Goodman M (2005) Ultrasound as a tool to measure the wear of human tooth enamel. Proceedings of the World Tribology Congress III - 2005 (pp 645-646)
  • Marshall MB, Lewis R, Dwyer-Joyce RS, Demilly F & Flament Y (2005) Ultrasonic measurement of wheel HUB/AXLE interference fit pressures. Proceedings of the World Tribology Congress III - 2005 (pp 239-240)
  • Gonzalez-Valadez M, Dwyer-Joyce RS & Lewis R (2005) Ultrasonic reflection from mixed liquid-solid contacts and the determination of interface stiffness. Tribology and Interface Engineering Series, Vol. 48 (pp 313-320) View this article in WRRO
  • Drinkwater BW, Dwyer-Joyce RS & Harper P (2004) On-line measurement of lubricant film thickness using ultrasonic reflection coefficients. REVIEW OF PROGRESS IN QUANTITATIVE NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION, VOLS 23A AND 23B, Vol. 23 (pp 984-991)
  • Dwyer-Joyce RS & Gonzalez-Valadez M (2004) Ultrasonic determination of normal and shear interface stiffness and the effect of Poisson's ratio.. Transient Processes in Tribology, Vol. 43 (pp 143-149)
  • Marshall MB, Lewis R, Dwyer-Joyce RS, Olofsson U & Bjorklund S (2004) Ultrasonic characterisation of a wheel/rail contact. Transient Processes in Tribology, Vol. 43 (pp 151-158)
  • Lewis R & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2004) Wheel-rail wear and surface damage caused by adhesion sanding. Transient Processes in Tribology, Vol. 43 (pp 731-741)
  • Dwyer-Joyce RS, Harper P & Drinkwater BW (2004) Evaluation of an ultrasonic oil film measurement technique for PTFE faced thrust pad bearings. Proceedings of the ASME/STLE International Joint Tribology Conference, IJTC 2004(PART A) (pp 697-710) View this article in WRRO
  • Lewis R, Dwyer-Joyce R, Slatter T & Brooks A (2004) Valve recession: From experiment to predictive model. VDI Berichte(1813) (pp 79-93) View this article in WRRO
  • Braghin F, Bruni S, Dwyer-Joyce R & Lewis R (2004) A fast and reliable algorithm for the estimation of railway wheel wear. Proceedings of the Mini Conference on Vehicle System Dynamics, Identification and Anomalies (pp 201-208)
  • Beke AF, Dwyer-Joyce RS, Jones FR & Gregory J (2003) Wear testing of acetal for the prediction of polymer rolling bearing durability. TRIBOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND DESIGN FOR ENGINEERING SYSTEMS (pp 175-182)
  • Ward A, Lewis R & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2003) Incorporating a railway wheel wear model into multi-body simulations of wheelset dynamics. TRIBOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND DESIGN FOR ENGINEERING SYSTEMS (pp 367-376)
  • Lewis R, Marshall MB & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2003) Ultrasonic characterisation of an interference fit. TRIBOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND DESIGN FOR ENGINEERING SYSTEMS (pp 449-458)
  • Harper P, Hollingsworth B, Dwyer-Joyce R & Drinkwater B (2003) Journal bearing oil film measurement using ultrasonic reflection. TRIBOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND DESIGN FOR ENGINEERING SYSTEMS (pp 469-476)
  • Quinn AM, Drinkwater BT & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2002) High frequency measurements of the contact between machine elements using ultrasound. REVIEW OF PROGRESS IN QUANTITATIVE NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION, VOLS 21A & B, Vol. 615 (pp 67-74)
  • Bucher FH & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2002) The real area of contact - A combination of experimental and numerical approaches. CONTACT MECHANICS (pp 219-228)
  • Jackson A, Webster MN, Dowson D, Medley JB, Lewis R, Marshall MB, Dwyer-Joyce RS, Xu H, Lubrecht AA & Hooke CJ (2002) Session XII tribological studies of dry and lubricated surfaces (3) - Lubricated. Tribology Series, Vol. 41 (pp 886-888)
  • Harper P, Hollingsworth B, Dwyer-Joyce R & Drinkwater B (2002) Journal bearing oil film measurement using ultrasonic reflection. Tribology Series, Vol. 41 (pp 469-476)
  • Quinn AM, Drinkwater BW & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2001) Ultrasonic characterization of the contact of components in machine elements. REVIEW OF PROGRESS IN QUANTITATIVE NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION, VOLS 20A AND 20B, Vol. 557 (pp 1501-1508)
  • Lewis R & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2001) An experimental approach to solving combustion engine valve and seat wear problems. Tribology Series, Vol. 39 (pp 629-640)
  • Robinson AM, Drinkwater BW & Dwyer-Joyce RS (2000) The stiffness of graphite-graphite joints: Ultrasonic investigation and modelling. REVIEW OF PROGRESS IN QUANTITATIVE NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION, VOLS 19A AND 19B, Vol. 509 (pp 1293-1300)
  • Hodgson K, Dwyer-Joyce RS & Drinkwater BW (2000) Ultrasound as an experimental tool for investigating engineering contacts. 9TH NORDIC SYMPOSIUM ON TRIBOLOGY NORDTRIB 2000, VOL 2, Vol. 201 (pp 377-386)
  • Dwyer-Joyce RS & Drinkwater BW (1998) Analysis of contact pressure using ultrasonic reflection. EXPERIMENTAL MECHANICS, VOLS 1 AND 2 (pp 747-753)
  • Drinkwater BW, Dwyer-Joyce RS & Cawley P (1997) The interaction of ultrasound with a partially contacting solid-solid interface in the low frequency regime. REVIEW OF PROGRESS IN QUANTITATIVE NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION, VOLS 16A AND 16B, Vol. 16 (pp 1229-1236) View this article in WRRO
  • DRINKWATER B, DWYER-JOYCE RS & CAWLEY P (1995) A STUDY OF THE TRANSMISSION OF ULTRASOUND ACROSS REAL ROUGH SOLID-SOLID INTERFACES. REVIEW OF PROGRESS IN QUANTITATIVE NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION, VOLS 14A AND 14B, Vol. 14 (pp 1829-1836)
  • DRINKWATER B, DWYER-JOYCE RS & CAWLEY P (1994) A STUDY OF THE TRANSMISSION OF ULTRASOUND ACROSS REAL ROUGH SOLID-SOLID INTERFACES. 1994 IEEE ULTRASONICS SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGS, VOLS 1-3 (pp 1081-1084) View this article in WRRO
  • Dwyer-Joyce RS, Hamer JC, Sayles RS & Ioannides E (1992) Lubricant Screening for Debris Effects to Improve Fatigue and Wear Life. Tribology Series, Vol. 21(C) (pp 57-63). INSA de Lyon View this article in WRRO
  • Lubrecht AA, Dwyer-Joyce RS & Ioannides E (1992) Analysis of the Influence of Indentations on Contact Life. Tribology Series, Vol. 21(C) (pp 173-181). INSA de Lyon View this article in WRRO
  • Dwyer-Joyce RS, Hamer JC, Hutchinson JM, Ionannides E & Sayles RS (1991) A Pitting Fatigue Model for Gear Tooth Contacts. Tribology Series, Vol. 18(C) (pp 391-400). University of Leeds View this article in WRRO
  • Dwyer-Joyce RS, Hamer JC, Sayles RS & Ioannides E (1990) Surface damage effects caused by debris in rolling bearing lubricants, with an emphasis on friable materials. Rolling Element Bearings - Towards the 21st Century. London View this article in WRRO