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Elite Professor recognised by specialist body

28 March 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Senior Research Fellow Professor Derek Arnell has received the Silver Medal for his work in tribology

A top researcher at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been awarded a prestigious prize from an industry body.

Professor Derek Arnell, a Senior Research Fellow, has been awarded the 2012 Tribology Silver Medal by the Tribology Council.

This esteemed medal is the highest national award for achievement for studies in tribology which encompass the engineering topics of lubrication, friction and wear.

Professor Arnell has dedicated his working life to the education of engineering students and research and consultancy in tribology. His work has included contributions to the Ministry of Defence, British Rail, Pilkington Technology, Goodrich Aerospace and many others.

“I am obviously delighted that I have received this award”

He said: “I am obviously delighted that I have received this award and I am sure that it will increase the already high regard in which the University's Jost Institute is held.”

Highlights of this work have included the development of test equipment which supported the testing of seals for Trident Class submarines and calculations to validate bearings designs for the Thames Barrier. He has also made significant contributions to the UK coatings industry including the development of a method for lubricating the bearings of spacecraft with thin lead films which is still in use today.

Professor Arnell has published his work widely, contributing to the production of academic papers and several engineering textbooks. Two of these are used by University students across the world and one has even been into translated Chinese and Japanese.

“It is wonderful to see Derek’s contribution to tribology recognised by the award of the Tribology Silver Medal.”

He is a member of staff within UCLan’s Jost Institute for Tribotechnology where he will present a celebratory lecture ‘50 years of Tribology to an invited group of academics and industrialists in late March.

Director of the Jost Institute Professor Ian Sherrington said: “It is wonderful to see Derek’s contribution to tribology recognised by the award of the Tribology Silver Medal. The scale and impact of his contribution to the subject show us that here, at the University of Central Lancashire, we have people who are amongst the elite on a national and international scale. It is a pleasure to work with, and learn from, one of the great British proponents of tribology.”

He received his medal at a special ceremony from Isobel Pollock, President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.