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k.kubiak@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471840




  • PhD (2006) in Materials Engineering and Tribology from the Laboratoire de Tribologie et Dynamique des Systemes (LTDS), Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France,
  • DSc dissertation (2012) in Material Science and CFD from the University of Valenciennes in France,
  • Lectureship in Manufacturing at the University of Liverpool in the School of Engineering,
  • Visiting Professor at the University of Valenciennes in France,
  • Chartered Engineer of IMechE (CEng) and Member of Institute of Physics (MInstP) in UK,
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy in UK.

Research and Scholarship

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My background is in Material Science, Fretting and Tribology. More recently my research interests are focusing on Surface Metrology, Wettability and the numerical simulations of surface interface using Lattice Boltzmann Method. Working in several Higher Education and Research institutions in the UK and in France I have developed numerical and experimental expertise in those areas.

If you are interested to develop new collaborations in the above mentioned or related areas, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Research Profile:
My multidisciplinary research profile covers the following areas:

  • Surface metrology and functional surfaces manufacturing,
  • Additive manufacturing - Inkjet Printing,
  • Wettability of surface and roughness influence,
  • Contact angle hysteresis modelling using Lattice Boltzmann method,
  • High Performance Computing,
  • Static and dynamic wetting,
  • Surface roughness in tribology and fretting.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Stetsyuk, V., Kubiak, K., Liu, L. and Chai, J. (2017) ‘An alternative approach to evaluate the average Nusselt number for mixed boundary layer conditions in parallel flow over an isothermal flat plateInternational Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education . ISSN 0306-4190

Wojciechowski, L., Kubiak, K. and Mathia, T. (2017) ‘Impact of morphological furrows as lubricant reservoir on creation of oleophilic and oleophobic behaviour of metallic surfaces in scuffingTribology International , 116, pp. 320-328. ISSN 0301-679X

Liskiewicz, T., Kubiak, K. and Comyn, T. (2016) ‘Nano-indentation mapping of fretting-induced surface layersTribology International . ISSN 0301-679X

Khatir, Z., Kubiak, K., Jimack, P. and Mathia, T. (2016) ‘Dropwise condensation heat transfer process optimisation on superhydrophobic surfaces using a multi-disciplinary approachApplied Thermal Engineering , 106, pp. 1337-1344. ISSN 1359-4311

Wojciechowski, L., Kubiak, K. and Mathia, T. (2016) ‘Roughness and wettability of surfaces in boundary lubricated scuffing wearTribology International , 93 (B), pp. 593-601. ISSN 0301-679X

Pawlak, W., Kubiak, K., Wendler, B. and Mathia, T. (2015) ‘Wear resistant multilayer nanocomposite WC1?x/C coating on Ti–6Al–4V titanium alloyTribology International , 82 (B), pp. 400-406. ISSN 0301-679X

Hubert, C., Kubiak, K., Bigerelle, M., Dubois, A. and Dubar, L. (2015) ‘Identification of lubrication regime on textured surfaces by multi-scale decompositionTribology International , 82 (B), pp. 375-386. ISSN 0301-679X

Fischer, G., Bigerelle, M., Kubiak, K., Mathia, T., Khatir, Z. and Anselme, K. (2014) ‘Wetting of anisotropic sinusoidal surfaces - experimental and numerical study of directional spreadingSurface Topography: Metrology and Properties , 2 (4), p. 044003. ISSN 2051-672X

Hubert, C., Kubiak, K., Bigerelle, M. and Dubar, L. (2014) ‘Identification of Local Lubrication Regimes on Textured Surfaces by 3D Roughness Curvature RadiusAdvanced Materials Research , 966-96, pp. 120-125. ISSN 1662-8985

Deltombe, R., Kubiak, K. and Bigerelle, M. (2014) ‘How to select the most relevant 3D roughness parameters of a surfaceScanning , 36 (1), pp. 150-160. ISSN 0161-0457

Kubiak, K., Bigerelle, M., Mathia, T., Dubois, A. and Dubar, L. (2014) ‘Dynamic evolution of interface roughness during friction and wear processesScanning , 36 (1), pp. 30-38. ISSN 0161-0457

Bigerelle, M., Nianga, J., Najjar, D., Iost, A., Hubert, C. and Kubiak, K. (2013) ‘Roughness Signature of Tribological Contact Calculated by a New Method of Peaks Curvature Radius Estimation on Fractal SurfacesTribology International , 65, pp. 235-247. ISSN 0301-679X

Castrejon-Pita, J., Kubiak, K., Castrejon-Pita, A., Wilson, M. and Hutchings, I. (2013) ‘Mixing and internal dynamics of droplets impacting and coalescing on a solid surfacePhysical Review B , 88, p. 023023. ISSN 1098-0121

Kubiak, K., Mathia, T. and Bigerelle, M. (2012) ‘Influence of roughness on ZDDP tribofilm formation in boundary lubricated frettingTribology – Materials, Surfaces \& Interfaces , 6 (4), pp. 182-188. ISSN 1751-5831

Kubiak, K., Liskiewicz, T. and Mathia, T. (2011) ‘Surface morphology in engineering applications: Influence of roughness on sliding and wear in dry frettingTribology International , 44 (11), pp. 1427-1432. ISSN 0301-679X

Kubiak, K., Wilson, M., Mathia, T. and Carras, S. (2011) ‘Dynamics of contact line motion during the wetting of rough surfaces and correlation with topographical surface parametersScanning , 33 (5), pp. 370-377. ISSN 0161-0457

Kubiak, K., Wilson, M., Mathia, T. and Carval, P. (2011) ‘Wettability versus roughness of engineering surfacesWear , 271 (3-4), p. 523 - 528. ISSN 0043-1648

Castrejon-Pita, J., Betton, E., Kubiak, K., Wilson, M. and Hutchings, I. (2011) ‘The dynamics of the impact and coalescence of droplets on a solid surfaceBiomicrofluidics , 5 (1), p. 014112. ISSN 1932-1058

Meriaux, J., Fouvry, S., Kubiak, K. and Deyber, S. (2010) ‘Characterization of crack nucleation in TA6V under fretting-fatigue loading using the potential drop techniqueInternational Journal of Fatigue , 32 (10), p. 1658 - 1668. ISSN 0142-1123

Kubiak, K., Mathia, T. and Fouvry, S. (2010) ‘Interface roughness effect on friction map under fretting contact conditionsTribology International , 43 (8), p. 1500 - 1507. ISSN 0301-679X

Fouvry, S. and Kubiak, K. (2009) ‘Development of a fretting-fatigue mapping concept: The effect of material properties and surface treatmentsWear , 267 (12), p. 2186 - 2199. ISSN 0043-1648

Kubiak, K. and Mathia, T. (2009) ‘Influence of roughness on contact interface in fretting under dry and boundary lubricated sliding regimesWear , 267 (1-4), p. 315 - 321. ISSN 0043-1648

Fouvry, S. and Kubiak, K. (2009) ‘Introduction of a fretting-fatigue mapping concept: Development of a dual crack nucleation - crack propagation approach to formalize fretting-fatigue damageInternational Journal of Fatigue , 31 (8), p. 250 - 262. ISSN 0142-1123

Fouvry, S., Nowell, D., Kubiak, K. and Hills, D. (2008) ‘Prediction of fretting crack propagation based on a short crack methodologyEngineering Fracture Mechanics , 75 (6), p. 1605 - 1622. ISSN 0013-7944

Kubiak, K., Fouvry, S. and Wendler, B. (2006) ‘Comparison of shot peening and nitriding surface treatments under complex fretting loadingsMaterials Science Forum , 513 (3), p. 105 - 118. ISSN 0255-5476

Kubiak, K., Fouvry, S., Marechal, A. and Vernet, J. (2006) ‘Behaviour of shot peening combined with WC-Co HVOF coating under complex fretting wear and fretting fatigue loading conditionsSurface and Coatings Technology , 201 (4), p. 4323 - 4328. ISSN 0257-8972

Kubiak, K., Fouvry, S. and Marechal, A. (2005) ‘A practical methodology to select fretting palliatives: Application to shot peening, hard chromium and WC-Co coatingsWear , 259 (1), p. 367 - 376. ISSN 0043-1648

Book Section

Wilson, M. and Kubiak, K. (2016) ‘Simulation of Drops on Surfaces’. In: Fundamentals of Inkjet Printing: The Science of Inkjet and Droplets. : John Wiley & Sons. . ISBN 978-3-527-33785-9


  • Visiting Professor at the University of Valenciennes in France,
  • Member of Automobile Division Yorkshire Centre Committee of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK
  • External examiner of PhD, University of Valenciennes in France.
  • Invited lecture at 1st International Conference on Mechanics, 2013, Hsinchu, Taiwan.
  • Invited plenary lecture at 3rd International Conference on Surface Metrology 2012, France,
  • Member of scientific committee of International Conference on Surface Metrology,
  • "Best Poster Award" at VII International Conference on Fatigue Damage and Structural Materials, 14-19 September 2008, Hyannis, USA,
  • "Robert Waterhouse Best Paper Award" at the international conference "Fifth International Symposium on Fretting Fatigue" (ISFF5), 21-23 April 2007, Montreal, Canada.

Research Degree Supervision

Enterprise Activities

Consultancy in Fluid mechanics, Tribology, Functional surfaces and High Performance Computing.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Final Year Project Tutor
  • Year 5 Tutor
  • Placement Tutor
  • Teaching Representative on the School of Computing and Engineering Board

Teaching and Professional Activities

Undergraduate level:

  • NHP2400 - Final Year Project
  • NHD2471 - Vehicle Handling and Performance Prediction
  • NIM2207 - Automotive Design

Postgraduate level:

  • NMM3550 - Advanced Automotive Chassis Systems
  • NMM3551 - Vehicle Dynamic Performance Evaluation