The Finnish Society for Tribology

40th Anniversary Seminar

31.8.2017, Werstas, Tampere


The group of Finnish pioneers in tribology founded the Finnish Society for Tribology 31st of August in 1977 to support the research, technical development and education of tribology in Finland. Even since, the society has improved the awareness and deployment of tribological knowledge in Finnish industry and society. The Finnish Society for Tribology publishes "TRIBOLOGIA - Finnish Journal of Tribology", which is a peer-reviewed open-access journal containing articles on the latest achievements in tribology. The society also organizes technical seminars and company visits, and strengthens international co-operation to foreign tribology societies.


The 40th Anniversary Seminar on 31st of August 2017 celebrates the 40 years of the Finnish Society for Tribology with presentations from distinguished international and Finnish experts in different areas of tribology: Professor Roland Larsson from Lule University of Technology, and Professor Thomas Norrby from Nynas AB, present new aspects of lubrication, and Principal Scientist PhD Guillermo E. Morales-Espejel from SKF Engineering & Research Centre focuses on the tribology of rolling bearings. The presentations on sliding bearings, modelling, fretting and tribocorrosion provide even wider perspective to important areas of engineering tribology. The seminar will start with an introduction to the history of tribology in Finland and end with the historical tour in the Steam Engine Museum.

Steam engine at Werstas


Please note that the presentations are password protected and can be opened using the password provided to seminar participants.

8.30 Registration and coffee
9.00 Opening of the seminar
  Chairman Helena Ronkainen, The Finnish Society for Tribology
9.10 History of Tribology in Finland
  Prof. Kenneth Holmberg, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
9.40 The influence of surface roughness and texture in lubrication
  Prof. Roland Larsson, Luleå University of Technology
10.30 Break
10.45 About fretting induced friction, wear and fatigue mechanisms
  Prof. Arto Lehtovaara, Tampere University of Technology
11.15 Integrated computational materials engineering for design and tailoring of wear resistant material solutions
Anssi Laukkanen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
11.45 Lunch
13.00 Tribology in Rolling Bearings - An Evolving Challenge
Guillermo E. Morales-Espejel, SKF Engineering & Research Centre
13.30 New low friction sliding bearing materials
Marke Kallio, Metso Minerals Oy
14.00 Hybrid sliding bearings – modelling and performance
Aki Linjamaa, Tampere University of Technology
14.30 Coffee break
15.00 Future lubricant development directions and distractions
Thomas Norrby, Nynas AB
15.30 Interaction of wear and corrosion in machine elements
Elina Huttunen-Saarivirta, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
16.00 Possibility to attend a guided tour to the Steam Engine Museum
19.00 Anniversary dinner at Finlayson Palace restaurant

Speakers at the seminar.

Anniversary dinner

19.00 at Finlayson Palace restaurant

The celebration will continue with the 40th Anniversary Dinner, which will be served in the evening of 31st August in the unique ambiance of Finlayson Palace right in the heart of Tampere.

Dress code: dark suit or formal dress.


For members: For non-members:
Seminar and dinner: 300 € Seminar and dinner: 370 €
Seminar without dinner: 230 € Seminar without dinner: 300 €
Dinner: 70 € Dinner: 70 €


Registration at the latest 23.8.2017 here (link opens to external tab). Contact Helena Ronkainen


Original Sokos Hotel Ilves:
Seminar price: 129 (single) / 149 (double)
Reservation code: TRIBO for booking directly from hotel: or by phone: + 358 20 1234 631

Note: There are big conferences at Tampere in August. Thus, these prices are available only bookings before 2.8.

Other hotels in Tampere:


How to find Werstas - Werstas home page

Tyvenmuseo Werstas
Vin Linnan aukio 8
33210 Tampere
p. 010 420 9220

You are most welcome to celebrate the 40 years of Finnish Society for Tribology!

Flyer of the seminar (press to open in pdf-form)


Some pictures on this page from the Image Bank of the Tampere University of Technology