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Professor Ling Wang is Professor of Tribo-Sensing and Head of nCATS Group within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Ling is Professor of Tribo-Sensing at the national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS) within Mechanical Engineering Department in Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. She has over 20 years research experience in the field of tribology and sensing. She chairs the University Strategic Research Group (USRG) on Monitoring of Engineered and Natural Systems Using Sensors (MENSUS) and is Head of National Centre of Advanced Tribology Centre at Southampton (nCATS).

Ling has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and led a number of collaborate research projects sponsored by EU, UK Research Councils and a range of industrial partners including Rolls-Royce plc., GE Aviation, Vestas Wind Systems, Shell Global Solutions, Afton Chemical Corporation, John Crane and Schaeffler Group, with an over £8M research grant portfolio.

Ling obtained both her BSc and MSc in Chemistry from Nankai University in China, and her Diploma in Environmental Engineering from Portsmouth University and PhD in Systems Engineering from Southampton Solent University in the UK. She joined the Tribology and Surface Engineering Group at University of Southampton since 2001.

Research interests

  • Condition monitoring, sensor technologies and advanced signal processing techniques:
    • Bearing failure detection using vibration, acoustic emission and electrostatic sensing techniques.
    • Data mining and fault prediction using artificial intelligence and statistical techniques.
    • Thick-film sensor development for oil degradation monitoring.
  • Wind turbine bearing failure (white etching cracking) research: rolling contact fatigue, subsurface crack analysis and crack network 3D modelling; material analysis using SEM/XRD; FIB/TEM; hydrogen content analysis; white etching crack monitoring using multiple sensors.
  • Engine oil age detection using thick-film sensors (online oil acidity measurement).
  • Surface Engineering: friction modification using self-assembled monolayer, polymer brushes and surface texturing.

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