Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan

Since its founding in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers, and faculty from around the world dedicated to advancing knowledge. KTH is working with industry and society in the pursuit of sustainable solutions to some of humanity’s greatest challenges: climate change, future energy supply, urbanization, and quality of life for the rapidly growing elderly population. We are addressing these with world-leading, high-impact research and education in natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history, and philosophy. Almost two-thirds of the SEK 4 billion turnover relates to research. Basic and applied research is performed side-by-side at KTH, and interdisciplinary research is conducted in parallel with work in specific fields. This approach encourages versatile solutions, and the innovative climate creates many opportunities to realise great ideas. Our educational programmes foster a new generation of engineers, architects, teachers, and undergraduate engineers. KTH embraces academia and the public and private sectors working together. We are part of extensive international research collaborations and participate in a large number of educational exchange or joint programmes with universities and colleges in Europe, the U.S., Australia, Asia, and Africa.

The research of the department of the Machine Design (KTH) focuses on product development in a comprehensive and integrated manner – covering working procedures, design methods and tools, technology development, and physical phenomena. The overall mission of the Department of Machine Design is to serve industry and society on a long-term basis by developing and delivering excellent knowledge and highly skilled people. This means that the same high attention is paid to the quality of both research and education. The department includes nine professorial chairs in product innovation engineering, product and service design; integrated product development; mechatronics; embedded control systems; combustion engines; eco-design; machine elements, and tribology. The tribology and machine element research are directed to modelling and simulation of friction, lubrication, and wear, with a focus on system-level effects as emissions, energy efficiency, material hygiene, sustainable components, and industrial design, which matches the tasks in the proposal. At the Department of Machine design, there a unique competence in aerosol research formed by the collaboration between the Tribology and Internal Combustion Engine research groups. This collaboration covers all sources of sub 100 nm emission for both road and rail transport.


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