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November 2005 edition

Friction and wear engineer wins lucrative award

By Dan Cook

Professor Dmitrii Nikolaevich Garkunov, a Russian research engineer credited with improving the wear resistance and lifetime of aircraft parts, has won a prestigious prize from the International Tribology Council.

The Tribology Gold Medal, carrying with it an award of £10,000, is presented annually to a leading light in tribology - the study of friction, wear and lubrication - at the British Embassy in the recipient’s country.

Now in his eighties, Garkunov graduated from Tomsk State University in 1941, as a specialist in metal physics.

He received his doctorate from Zhukovskii Air Force Engineering Academy, and began working in the Russian Aviation Research Institute in 1970.

He now works as a Professor at the Russian Academy of Quality Problems and has lectured on problems of tribology and in the Gomel State University, the Russian Academy of Consumer Service, the Moscow Agro Engineering Institute and other institutes.

Although Garkunov was unavailable for comment, Dr Peter Jost, CBE, chairman of the Tribology Trust Awards Committee, said: “Prof Garkunov's scientific ideas were new and original. He is the founder of a new direction in tribology, based on two discoveries. They are the 'no-wear effect' (selective transfer phenomena) and the phenomenon of hydrogen wear of metals.”

According to Dr John Parnaby, a fellow of the IMechE and the Tribology Trust, Garkunov worked ‘in the gap between university research and the design engineer....

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