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William Britton

Research student, School of Engineering


I am a postgraduate student in the field of Tribology, conducting research into rolling contact fatigue in gears. I began my postgraduate studies in 2017 after graduating from Cardiff University with a Batchelors degree in Mechanical Engineering.

During my third year as an undergraduate I worked at BMT Defence Services in Bath, spending time in their Surface Ships, Submarines, and Business Development departments as well as working as a contractor to Babcock in the Submarine Support Management Group. This gave me an additional interest in maritime engineering.


Research interests

  • Gear Fatigue

  • Micropitting


Micropitting in Gear Contacts

Conducting an experimental programme to investigate the influence of various operating conditions on micropitting, a form of fatigue failure which causes tiny pits to appear in the gear surface. This is a common cause of failure in a number of gear applications, one of the most notable examples being wind turbine drivetrains.

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