Piet Lugt studied mechanical engineering and tribology at the University of Twente in The Netherlands (MSc. 1988, PhD. 1992).

He worked at the Technical University of Delft until 1995 when he joined SKF Research where he has fulfilled several positions in Tribology and Lubrication, presently as a Senior Scientist, primarily working on the development of models for lubricating grease life and grease selection. 

He has been a part-time Professor at Luleå Technical University, Sweden, from 2005-2008 and is (part-time) full professor at the University of Twente since 2011.

He is a fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) and has written the book “Grease Lubrication in Rolling Bearings”.  



Hoogovens Research Award, SKF Value Leadership Award, IMechE Best Paper Award, Edmond E. Bisson Award (STLE, 2x) , Best Paper Award ELGI (2x), SKF Excellence Award (2x), Wilbur Deutsch Memorial Award (STLE, 2x), Captain Alfred E. Hunt Award (STLE, 2x), Clarence E. Earle Memorial Award (NLGI).   


  • Material Science

    • Lubricating Grease
    • Film Thickness
    • Temperature
    • Ball Bearing
    • Lubrication
  • Engineering

    • Grease
    • Models
    • Rolling Bearings


Ancillary activities

  • SKF Research & Technology DevelopmentSenior Scientist

Grease lubrication in rolling bearings. 


Impact of grease churning on grease leakage, oil bleeding and grease rheologyTribology international, 176, Article 107926. Chatra, K. R. S., Osara, J. A. & Lugt, P. M. Film Thickness in Starved Grease-Lubricated Ball Bearings: An Improved Electrical Capacitance MethodTribology transactions, 65(5), 869-879. Shetty, P., Meijer, R. J., Osara, J. A. & Lugt, P. M. the oxidation properties of lubricants via non-isothermal thermogravimetric analysis: Estimating induction times and oxidation stabilityTribology international, 171, Article 107569. Smook, L. A., Chatra K.R., S. & Lugt, P. M. impact of grease mechanical ageing on bleed and permeability in rolling bearingsTribology international, 170, Article 107507. Akchurin, A., Ende, D. v. d. & Lugt, P. M. Characterization of Grease Oxidation-Thermal Stability via Pressure Differential Scanning CalorimetryTribology transactions, 65(3), 542-554. Osara, J. A., Lugt, P. M., Bryant, M. D. & Khonsari, M. M. Grease Life Factor concept for ball bearingsTribology international, 169, Article 107460. Lugt, P. M. & Berens, F. Grease Worker and its Applicability to Study Mechanical Aging of Lubricating Greases for Rolling BearingsTribology transactions, 65(1), 32-45. Meijer, R. J. & Lugt, P. M. Performance in Ball and Roller Bearings for All-Steel and Hybrid BearingsTribology transactions, 65(1), 1-13. Lugt, P. M., van Zoelen, M. T., Vieillard, C., Berens, F., Gruell, R., Preisinger, G. & Meaney, P.

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Horst Complex (building no. 20), room N105
De Horst 2
7522 LW Enschede

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