Imperial College London

DrRichard Janvan Arkel

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Senior Lecturer



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719City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Richard van Arkel is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering with a research focus in orthopaedic systems and preclinical testing.  He applies engineering science to advance orthopaedic interventions, investigating implantable sensors, the impact of surgery on joint and bone biomechanics, implant function, additive manufacturing, ultrasound and new methods for preclinical analysis.

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

Hall T, Cegla F, van Arkel RJ, 2021, Simple smart implants: simultaneous monitoring of loosening and temperature in orthopaedics with an embedded ultrasound transducer, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, Vol:15, ISSN:1932-4545, Pages:102-110

Garner A, Dandridge O, Amis A, et al., 2021, The extensor efficiency of unicompartmental, bicompartmental and total knee arthroplasty, Bone and Joint Research, Vol:10, ISSN:2046-3758, Pages:1-9

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:1-10

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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