Professor Ted Smith

Prof. Ted Smith

Research Fellow in Tribology

School of Engineering

Computing and Technology Building, CM221

+44 (0) 1772 89 3924

Ted Smith has been teaching mechanical engineering since 1976. His specialism is tribology, and he introduced the subject into the University in 1977, both as a teacher and researcher. In 1987 Ted became Head of Computing Services at UCLan, was appointed a professor in 1989, and in 1997 he became Dean of Engineering at Coventry University. He now works two days a week at UCLan teaching reliability and tribology, and researches piston-ring lubrication. He holds the title of Honorary Professor.

Ted is research active within the area of tribotechnology and is a member of the Jost Institute.

Full Profile

Oct 2004 - date UCLan
Permanent, part-time lecturer/ researcher. Honorary Professor in the Jost Institute for Tribotechnology.

Aug 2003 – date, Ted Smith Consulting Ltd
Strategic support to managers in industry and education in the area of e-learning

Jan 2004 – Feb 2008 Exec-IP Ltd
Company provided practical advice, training and consultancy for managing directors of small and medium-sized companies.

Jan 2004 – date St Francis of Assisi, Academy
Board of Trustees
Secretary of State for Education and Skill’s nominee on the Board

2002 – 2003 Fluid Conditioning Systems Ltd, Warwick, UK
Non-executive Director
Responsible for overseeing the technology of the company in preparation for an AIM flotation.

2001 – 2003 JISC Technologies Centre York, UK
Head of Centre
Managing a technology watch / transfer team for the FE and HE funding councils of UK. Advising funding councils on funding areas to develop the use of ICT in further and higher education. Interfacing with senior staff in the Department for Education and Skills, Higher Education Funding Councils for England, Scottish Funding Councils, and the Learning and Skills Council

1997 – 2001 Coventry University, UK
Dean of Engineering (Professor)
Managed 240 staff – 2/3rds graduates; budget of £10m per annum
Led School of Engineering to ‘preferred supplier’ status of higher education to Jaguar Cars, Aston Martin Lagonda, and Land Rover.
Assisted with the development of the West Midlands Innovation Strategy.
Developed strong relationships at board level with local companies.
Participated in regional forums assisting with economic regeneration.
Undertook research on European, British and Midlands Excellence Quality Awards applied to SMEs with emphasis on Customer Value.
Interfaced with senior officials in the Department of Trade and Industry.

1996 – 1997 Harris Knowledge Park Preston, UK
Managing Director
Established Knowledge Park as a high-technology business incubator. Attracted major venture capital fund as a partner. Obtained partnerships with major firms in Lancashire. Developed extensive programme of business support services for start-ups and small businesses. Worked with major regional players on economic regeneration.
Researched business incubation practices in the US.

1996 – 1987 University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
Head of Computing Services (Professor)
Member of Senior Management Team. Managed large IT service supporting data and voice technology, plus user support and training on applications software. Managed the change processes required to lead the organisation from centralised computing to networked PCs. Developed quality systems to reduce waste and improve customer service. Worked with major North West organisations to develop the North West’s Regional Innovation Strategy.

PhD Tribology, Leeds University, 1975
MSc Tribology, Leeds University, 1972
BSc(Hons) Mech. Eng., Leeds University, 1968


Smith, E.H. “The role of bubbles in gaseous cavitation”, LUBMAT 06, Preston, UK , Sept 2006

Soejima, M., Smith, E.H., Sherrington, I. and Wakuri, Y. “A Review of Solutions for the Mechanism of Oil Consumption in Internal Combustion Engines”, JSAE 20077160, 2007

Winnard, K.S., Sherrington, I., Smith, E.H., "Influence of Fuel Dilution on Power Loss in Low SAPS Oils or Automotive Applications", LUBMAT 08, , San Sebastian. June 2008

Y. Matsushita, S. Sakaguchi, M. Soejima, K. Winnard, I. Sherrington and E. H. Smith , “Friction and Wear Characteristics of Low SAPS Oils in Concentrated Sliding Contacts”, WTC 2009, Kyoto, Sept 2009

Smith E H, Clarke, D., Grice, N., Ma, M.-T., Soechting, S., Sherrington, I.,, “Piston ring-film thickness and friction in internal combustion engines: measurement and theory”, IoP seminar Tribology & Energy Efficiency, London, Feb 2010.

Smith, E H, Optimising the design of a piston-ring pack using DoE methods, Tribology International, Volume 44, Issue 1, January 2011, Pages 29-41

Selected Journal Papers
Ma, M-T., Sherrington, I. , Smith E. H., “An improved oil availability model for the analysis of lubrication and friction for a complete piston-ring pack; Part 2 circumferentially variable film”. Proc. I. Mech. E. (Part J) Journal of Engineering Tribology 211 (1997) pp 17 - 27.

Ma, M-T., Sherrington, I. , Smith E. H., “An improved oil availability model for the analysis of lubrication and friction for a complete piston-ring pack; Part 1 circumferentially uniform film”. Proc. I. Mech. E. (Part J) Journal of Engineering Tribology 211 (1997) pp 1 - 15.

Ma, M-T., Sherrington, I. , Smith, E. H., “Development of a comprehensive model for piston-ring lubrication in IC engines with circular and non-circular bores”. Tribology International 30(11) (1997) pp 779 - 788.

Ma, M.-T., Sherrington, I. , Smith, E. H., "Implementation of an algorithm to model the starved lubrication of a piston-ring in distorted bores; Prediction of oil flow and onset of gas blow-by". Proc. I. Mech. E. (Part J) Journal of Engineering Tribology 210 (1996) pp 29 - 44.

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Ted's principle interest is fluid-film lubrication as applied to internal combustion engines. His work concentrates on reducing frictional losses in the cylinder, thus increasing fuel economy and reducing harmful emissions. He regularly publishes papers in learned journals and conferences, and gives talks at conferences and seminars. His work is supported by a number of major international companies. Ted is currently supervising one PhD student.


Current Projects

Simulation of oil flow in a piston-ring pack

Piston-ring film thickness and friction in a firing petrol engine

Effects of oil-flow control on piston-ring film-thickness in a marine diesel engine


Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (FIMechE)

IMechE Management Group Committee - Member

Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

MP3701 - Mechanical Systems Reliability