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Dr Ken Mao

Associate Professor (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 Gear in Automotive Engineering and Healthcare
Gear Pitting Reductions for Racing Cars
Hip Bone Reshaping

Tyre Contact Simulation

Current Research Projects

  • 'Design of polymer composite gears', funded by Innovate UK and Smart Manufacturing Technology (PI, Feb. 2014 - April 2017)
  • 'Light weight design for motorcycle transmission system', funded by TVS Motor (Co-I, Oct. 2015 – Oct. 2020)


Over 100 papers (45 journals and 56 conference papers) have been published and the following is a list of selected recent publications:
  1. K. Mao, Y. Sun, A. Bloyce and T. Bell, ‘Surface Coating Effects on Contact Stress and Wear - An Approach of Surface Engineering Design and Modelling’, Surface Engineering, Vol.26, pp142-148, 2010.
  2. K. Mao, W. Li, C. J. Hooke and D. Walton, ‘Polymer Gear Surface Thermal Wear and Its Performance Prediction’, Tribology International, Vol. 43, pp 433-439, 2010.
  3. J. Farley, L. Wrobel and K. Mao, ‘Performance evaluation of multilayer thin film coatings under mixed rolling-sliding contact conditions’, Wear, Vol. 268, pp 269-276, 2010.
  4. J. Farley, L. Wrobel and K. Mao, 'Low Cycle Fatigue Simulation and Fatigue Life Prediction of Multilayer Coated Surfaces ', Wear, Vol. 269, pp 639-646, 2010.
  5. W. Li, A. Wood, R. Weidig and K. Mao, 'An extensive investigation on the wear behaviour of dissimilar polymer gear engagements', Wear, Vol. 271, pp 2176-2183, 2011.
  6. R. Jones, K. Mao, A. Phang and B. Allen, ‘Effects of linear and angular misalignment on a spur gear pair’, The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, Vol53, pp. 420-425, 2011.
  7. H. Liu, K. Mao and C. Zhu, ‘Mixed lubricated line contact analysis for spur gears using a deterministic model’, Journal of Tribology, Vol.134, pp 021501-(1-7), April 2012.
  8. H. Liu, K. Mao and C. Zhu, ‘Spur Gear Lubrication Analysis with Dynamic Loads’, Tribology Transactions of STLE, Vol. 56, pp41-48, 2013.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.