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Dr Ken Mao

Reader in Mechanical Engineering

School of Engineeringid
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK
Room: F327 in Engineering Building
Phone: +44 (0)24 765 23163

Research Interests

Polymer Composite Gears and lightweight gearbox design for EV, Ebike, motorcycle and healthcare applications

Aircraft Tyre Contact Simulations

Current Research Projects

  • 'Light weight gearbox design for motorcycle transmission system', funded by TVS Motors (2016 – 2021)


Over 100 papers (50+ journal and 50+ conference papers) have been published and the following is a list of selected recent publications:
  1. K. Mao, P. Langlois, Z. Hu, K. Alharbi, X. Xu, M. Milson, W. Li, C. J. Hooke and D. Chetwynd, ' The Wear and Thermal Mechanical Contact Behaviour of Machine Cut Polymer Gears', Wear, pp. 822-826, 2015.
  2. K. Mao, D. Greenwood, R. Ramakrishnan, V. Goodship, C. Shrouti, Derek Chetwynd and P. Langlois, ‘The Wear Resistance Improvement of Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composite Gear’, Wear, pp1033-1039, 2019.
  3. Y. Zhang, C. Purssell, K. Mao and S. Leigh, ‘A physical investigation of wear and thermal characteristics of 3D printed nylon spur gears, Tribology International, 2020, In Press (
  4. H. Liu, K. Mao and C. Zhu, ‘Spur Gear Lubrication Analysis with Dynamic Loads’, Tribology Transactions of STLE, Vol. 56, pp41-48, 2013.
  5. M. Ali and K. Mao, ‘Contact mechanics and wear simulations of hip resurfacing devices using computational methods', Acta of Bioengineering and Biomechanivs, Vol. 16, No.2, pp 103-110, 2014.
  6. X. Yang, P. Song, Z. Wang, S. Wang, Y. Wang and K. Mao, ‘Laminated structure optimization and drawing performance of Al2O3-TiC/Al2O3-TiC-CaF2 self-lubricating laminated ceramic conical die’, Ceramic International, Vol. 41, pp 12480-12489, 2015.
  7. R. Ramakrishnan and K. Mao, ’Minimization of Shrinkage in Injection Moulding Process of Acetal Gear Using Taguchi DOE Optimization and ANOVA Method’, Intern. Journal of Mechanical and Industrial Technology, Vol. 4, Issue 2, pp. 72-79, 2017.
  8. Z. Hu and K. Mao, ‘An investigation of misalignment effects on the performance of acetal gears’, Tribology International., 116, p. 394-402, 2017
  9. Z. Wang, D. Chetwynd and K. Mao, ‘Friction characteristics of polymers applicable to small-scale devices’, Tribology International, Vol. 119, pp. 698-706, 2018.
  10. Z Wang, J Lia, X Ge, Y Liu, J Luo, D. Chetwynd, and K Mao, ‘Investigation of the lubrication properties and synergistic interaction of biocompatible liposome-polymer complexes applicable to artificial joints’, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, pp469–478, 2019.