MRO Magazine

2014 Tribology Gold Medal awarded for research into wear


December 22, 2014
By Bill Roebuck

Middlesex, England – The world’s highest award in Tribology, The Tribology Gold Medal, has been awarded to Professor Gwidon Stachowiak in recognition of his outstanding contribution to tribology, in particular for his service to industrial tribology, biotriology and education.

In 1984 Professor Stachowiak established the first Tribology Laboratory in Western Australia. His research work focused on tribological characteristic of advanced structural ceramics, of particular value to Australia’s mining and processing industries.

In the field of bio-tribology Professor Stachowiak and his team found a direct link between the shape of wear particles in synovial joints and severity of osteoarthritis. This led to the development of new computer-based image processing and classifications methods for trabecular bone textures in X-ray images of the knee joints.

Novel image processing methods developed under professor Stachowiak’s leadership allow the prediction of the onset of osteoarthritis from x-ray images of the joints.


For further information, contact Tribology Trust, Angel Lodge Chambers, Nicholas House, River Front, Enfield, Middlesex EN1 3FG (Tel: 0203 213 1030 Email: