In Commemoration of Professor Duncan Dowson: Tribology: Hydrodynamics, Elastohydrodynamics and Biotribology
A special issue of Lubricants (ISSN 2075-4442).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2020) | Viewed by 88767
Interests: tribology; lubrication; bearings; dynamics
Interests: tribology; elastohydrodynamics; contact mechanics
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It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Professor Duncan Dowson on 6th January 2020. Duncan was an esteemed member of the Editorial Board of this journal.
He will be remembered as the father of tribology and as a true gentleman. He was the last living member of the Jost Committee, set up by the UK Government (1964–1966) to mitigate the untoward effects of friction and wear on the UK industrial sector. This committee coined the term “tribology”.
Duncan contributed to various areas of tribological research and established many of them, including elastohydrodynamic theory and biotribology, which he established in the early 1970s.
His research interests have provided both academic and practising industrial tribologists with many analytical tools and methods, including the Dowson and Higginson extrapolated oil film thickness formula for the minimum film thickness in lubricated line contacts, and the Dowson and Hamrock oil film thickness formula for lubricated point contacts. These are widely used in research studies and in industry. He also provided a formula for film thickness for hip joint prostheses, which emanated from his innovative research on the design of the orthopaedic surgeon Sir John Charnley’s pioneering total hip arthroplasty in the 1960s.
Duncan was one of the most decorated scientists of our times over a career that spanned seven decades. His distinctions include Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng). He held seven honorary doctorates and received many scientific and technical awards, including the Thomas Hawksley Gold Medal, the Tribology Gold Medal and the James Watt International Gold Medal.
This journal recognised his immense long-standing achievements in 2018 by establishing the Duncan Dowson Travel Grant, which is subject to competition by young PhD and Post-doctoral researchers intending to present at a tribology-related conference.
Lubricants is honoured to announce this very Special Issue dedicated to the memory of Duncan Dowson, edited by guest editors Nicholas John Morris and Patricia Johns-Rahnejat, who were fortunate enough to have known Duncan personally and to have worked with him and enjoyed his advice and guidance. We invite original contributions in the following fields of research:
- Hydrodynamic lubrication and cavitation; for example, in engine tribology;
- Elastrohydrodynamic lubrication; for example, in gears, bearings, cam-followers;
- Lubrication of synovial joints and synovial joint arthroplasty.
Dr. Nicholas John Morris
Dr. Patricia Johns-Rahnejat
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- Engine and powertrain tribology