System and Component Design


We are more than 30 active researchers, teachers and graduate students. The SKD division includes three professorial chairs, in machine elements, tribology and machine design. We strongly believe in the importance of mobility between industry and academia, we currently have 2 affiliated professors (Nynas AB and ABB) and 2 adjunct professors (Höganäs AB and Sheffield University) as well as 5 industrial PhD Students from Scania, Brembo and Atlas Copco.


The research is focused on the development and integration of mechanical components into systems. Sustainability is the dominating driving force in our research projects

Read about some of the ongoing research projects:

About brake particle reduction in Expressen (in Swedish)  About brakes Vi Bilägare (in Swedish) Read more about the Brake project Lowbrasys

I-LEAP: Ionic liquids - Lubricants Enabling Advanced Performance

  Washer project

Research news

Mario Sosa will defend his doctoral thesis with title Running-in of gears - surface and efficiency transformation 17th October 2017, 10.00 in Gladan, Brinellvägen 85. Welcome!

Our latest licentiates: Anders Thibblin (8th September 2017), Julia Lindén (7th June 2017) Katja Tasala Gradin (19th December 2016) and Daniel Häggström (8th mars 2016)

Our latest doctors: Martin Andersson (24th Mars 2017), Abbos Quchqarboyevich Ismoilov (25th January 2017), Xinmin Li (3rd June 2016), and Kenneth Duvefeldt (27th May 2016)


SKD is responsible for a large part (37%) of the undergraduate education conducted at the department. SKD are responsible for two Masters level tracks – Industrial Design Engineering and Machine Design.



Head of Division

Sergei Glavatskih


Kjell Andersson  (Machine Design)

Sergei Glavatskih  (Machine elements)

Ulf Olofsson  (Tribology)

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