Shoe-surface interactions: a parametric study

Principal supervisor: Dr Matt Carré

Other supervisors: Dr Candice Majewski, Professor Roger Lewis

Shoe-surface interactions are important in many situations including industrial accident prevention and general pedestrian safety. This project will utilise shoe-surface interaction rigs to assess the effect of various shoe sole parameters (material, roughness, size and shape of tread components etc.), in order to understand the relationships between these parameters and the necessary friction that is provided by the shoes in different conditions (e.g dry, wet, oil). Parametric samples will be produced through Additive Manufacturing techniques.
The project will involve collaboration with safety shoe manufacturers and the Health and Safety Laboratory, Buxton.