Imperial College London

DrRichard Janvan Arkel

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering




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Richard van Arkel is a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.  He applies engineering methodology to study orthopaedic systems, determining the impact of surgical interventions on joint biomechanics, the function of implants, and how new technologies, such as additive manufacturing, can improve treatments.

Richard gained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London for his thesis on the biomechanics of ligaments and muscles throughout the range of hip motion.  His thesis won the Best Biomedical Engineering Postgraduate Project Prize from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and the Biomechanics Award from the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty. 

Before joining Imperial College London, Richard studied Engineering Design at the University of Bristol. He spent a year at Renishaw working on the design and manufacture of their deep brain surgery robot and held an Engineering Leadership Advanced Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Garner A, van Arkel RJ, Cobb J, 2019, Classification of combined partial knee arthroplasty, Bone and Joint Journal, Vol:101B, ISSN:2049-4394, Pages:922-928

van Arkel R, Ng KCG, Muirhead-Allwood S, et al., 2018, Capsular ligament function after total hip arthroplasty, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - American Volume, Vol:100, ISSN:0021-9355, Pages:e94-e94

van Arkel R, Ghouse S, Milner P, et al., 2018, Additive manufactured push-fit implant fixation with screw-strength pull out, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Vol:36, ISSN:0736-0266, Pages:1508-1518

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