PhD study on skin friction on artificial surfaces

Max MacPharlane

World Rugby, Sports Labs and Cardiff University have started a joint collaboration, beginning with a PhD study focused on investigating skin friction on synthetic surfaces.

Strathclyde University graduate Max MacPharlane was selected to lead the programme. MacPharlane graduated with a Merit in Biomedical Engineering from Strathclyde University and recently attended a conference in Udine, Italy to learn more about skin tribology in preparation for his PhD start.
The first step of the project will include an investigation into causation factors for skin injuries within rugby. It is expected that this will develop quickly to a point where Sports Labs can begin its work creating an apparatus to mimic injurious activities on synthetic turf. The goal is to produce a functional apparatus within year one.

MacPharlane is also a passionate rugby union internationalist, Scotland U18 and regularly plays No.12 for his local club, GHA and the University 1st XV. His love of the sport and a deep understanding of the need for this research alongside his academic achievements so far are a winning combination.

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