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.  His research investigates orthopaedic systems, exploring: how surgical interventions restore healthy joint function, how implants behave in the body, and how new technologies, such as additive manufacturing, could 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 a 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

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

van Arkel RJ, Ghouse S, Milner PE, et al., 2018, Additive manufactured push-fit implant fixation with screw-strength pull out., J Orthop Res, Vol:36, Pages:1508-1518

Ghouse S, Babu S, Van Arkel RJ, et al., 2017, The influence of laser parameters and scanning strategies on the mechanical properties of a stochastic porous material, Materials & Design, Vol:131, ISSN:0264-1275, Pages:498-508

van Arkel RJ, Amis AA, Cobb JP, et al., 2015, The capsular ligaments provide more hip rotational restraint than the acetabular labrum and the ligamentum teres, Bone & Joint Journal, Vol:97B, ISSN:2049-4394, Pages:484-491

van Arkel RJ, Modenese L, Phillips ATM, et al., 2013, Hip abduction can prevent posterior edge loading of hip replacements, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Vol:31, ISSN:0736-0266, Pages:1172-1179

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