Based on a study of lubrications at high temperature, this book aims to provide, in a simple form which can be understood by non-specialists, information which is of value to engineers faced with the problems of lubrication at high temperature, whether those temperatures are less than 140 degrees centigrade or greater than 1000 degrees centigrade.
Dr A. R. Lansdown trained originally as a chemist, andreceived his first degree at University College, Cardiff, and hisdoctorate at Cambridge. From Cambridge he went to Canada as aNational Research Council Post-Doctorate Fellow. In Canada he became interested in the petroleum industry and in1956 joined the Production Research and Technical ServiceLaboratory of Imperial Oil Limited in Calgary. Here he becameinvolved for the first time in the application of chemistry tovarious aspects of engineering, especially the flow of fluidsthrough the rock formations of petroleum reservoirs.
In 1961 he returned to Britain to join the Ministry of Aviation, with responsibilities for aircraft lubricants as well as hydraulicfluids and fuels. In this work he was able to combine his technicalexperience with his life-long interest in aviation. Like many otherlubricant technologists at that time, he soon realised that thepurely chemical aspects of lubricant formulation and behaviourcould not be divorced from the engineering aspects of lubrication, the realisation which was soon afterwards to lead to the concept oftribology as a unifying discipline.
His period in the Ministry of Aviation coincided with theintensive search for high-temperature lubricants and other productsfor use in supersonic aircraft, and he became particularlyinterested in synthetic and solid lubricants.
In 1968 he was appointed Manger, and subsequently Director, ofthe newly-formed Swansea Tribology Centre, and retained this postuntil his retirement in 1988. In addition to the management of thecentre, he also carried out a wide variety of consultancyprojects, including a number of plant failure investigations, andthee further involved him in analysing the engineering aspects ofthe failures.
He took an active part in the activities of the Institute ofPetroleum and the Tribology Group of the Institution of MechanicalEngineers. He was a member of the council of the Institute ofPetroleum from 1984 to 1990. He was awar5ded the Tribology SilverMedal in 1986 and was appointed a Fellow of Institution ofMechanical Engineers in 1993. Since his retirement from the SwanseaTribology Centre he has continued to wok as an independentconsultant.