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Dr Richard Cook PhD


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Dr Richard Cook is Lecturer within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Current Position

Richard Cook is a Lecturer within the National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS).

He was a founding member of Southampton Orthopedics: Centre for Arthroplasty Retrieval Surgery (SOCARS) and is the main contact for the engineering failure analysis work undertaken by the group.

He is the manager of the EPSRC funded nanomechanical and nanotribological testing facility at the University of Southampton.

He is the Deputy admissions tutor for the Mechanical Engineering degree.

Career History

Richard has over 10 years research experience in Biomaterials and Biomechanics. He obtained his PhD in 2006 from Cranfield University on ‘The fracture mechanics of cancellous bone.' This thesis won the Angela Newing Award for Biological Sciences and different aspects of the work were selected to compete for the European Society of Biomechanics, Clinical Biomechanics award in 2004 and 2006.

His subsequent position was as a lecturer in dental materials at the University of Otago in New Zealand 2006-2009. His research focus remained on the study of bone biomechanics but also on the environmental factors affecting the development of the Temporomandibular joint in animals. He left New Zealand to join the nCATS group in 2009.

Current Research

Research interests

  • Orthopaedic implants
    • Wear Assessment of Orthopaedic implants
    • Forensic Analysis of Implant Failure
  • Nanomechanical and Nanotribological Testing of Materials
    • Nanoscale Fretting of Biomaterials
    • Coating Mechanics and Tribology
    • Nanoscale Tribocorrosion Testing
  • Bone Biomechanics
    • Bone Fracture Mechanics
    • High Strain Rate Testing
3D Imaging of a THR Surface
3D Imaging of a THR Surface
RedLux Image of a Retrieved Femoral Head Showing a Wear Scar
RedLux Image of a Retrieved Implant
Fracture in Cancellous Bone Tissue
Fracture in Cancellous Bone Tissue
Indentation Map of CoCrMo Alloy Surface to Investigate Hardness and Modulus Variations
Indentation Map of CoCrMo Alloy

Research group

national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)

Research project(s)

Electron Beam Melting of Biomedical Alloys

Nanomechanical and Nanotribological Testing of Materials - Dormant


Nanowear and Nanofretting of Biomedical Materials

Wear Assessment and Forensic Analysis of Failed Hip Replacements

Abrasion-corrosion of cast CoCrMo alloy in simulated hip joint environments - Dormant

Better methods to measure wear of hip implants

To understand how hip implants fail, we must better understand how they wear.

Green Tribology

Tribology is the study of friction, lubrication and wear. Decreasing friction by any means always leads to welcome reductions in fuel and energy consumption, with a corresponding decrease in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

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Journal Special Issue

SOCARS: Southampton Orthopaedics: Centre for Arthroplasty and Revsision Surgery

Joint replacement surgery has transformed the lives of millions of people over the last 50 years. Most joint replacements last for many years, but sometimes they fail and need revision surgery.

This is often complicated and requires teams of highly trained and experienced surgeons, doctors, nurses and physiotherapists to achieve the best outcomes for patients.

The recent problems encountered with various metal on metal hip implants have made it clear that there is a need for a centre of excellence for revision joint replacement surgery. 

In Southampton we have the expertise to investigate and treat patients with failed joint replacements and world class research facilities to investigate why some implants fail. Working together we want to improve the outcome of joint replacement surgery for the benefit of our patients.

Retrieved Femoral Stem
Retrieved Femoral Stem
Dr Richard Cook
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number: 7/5007

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