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Dr Ken Mao

Reader in Mechanical Engineering

School of Engineeringid
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK
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. K. Mao, P. Langlois, N. Madhav, D. Greenwood and M. Milson, ’Experimental Investigations of Polymer Composite Gear Performance’, Gear Technology, November/December, pp. 68 - 72, 2019.
  4. K. Mao, D. Chetwynd and M. Milson, ‘A New Test Method for Polymer Gear Wear Rate and Performances’, Polymer Testing, 2020, In press.

  5. 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.
  6. G. Yu, H. Liu, K. Mao, C. Zhu and P. Wei, ‘An Experimental Investigation on the Wear of Lubricated PEEK against Steel Gears’, Journal of Tribology, 2020, In Press (TRIB-19-15).
  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.