Understanding friction, lubrication and wear
The Louw Alberts Award
This award of a floating trophy is presented, at the discretion of the SAIT Executive Committee, for an exceptional contribution towards tribology. It is not always awarded, but is dependent on the availability of a worthy recipient.
|1985||...||Dr A Ball||In recognition of his outstanding contribution to research and development in wear resistance materials, especially for the mining industry.|
|1986||CSIR Ceramics Division||For their development work in ceramics and ceramic materials.|
|1987||AN Robinson||For his work on milling and pipework materials at Eskom.|
|1989||AN Collins||For furthering the understanding of tribology within the industry and the Institute, for his work on ball mill liners for power generation, materials for hydraulic ash transportation and rotary crushers, and the development of high chromium irons.|
|1990||GJ Wright||For his initiation, and long and continued support of, first the Wear Society and then the Institute, and his valuable input in terms of tribological education.|
|1991||Professor PL de Vaal||For his initiation of the tribological section of the Laboratory for Advanced Engineers (LGI) at Pretoria University, and support of the Institute activities.|
|1992||Professor Peter Jost||In acknowledgement for the invaluable service he has rendered tribology throughout his career.|
|1994||Professor Colin Allen||In recognition of his outstanding contribution to teaching, research and industrial application in tribology and wear.|
|1995||Eskom, Iscor, A Ball, A Langdon, GJ Wright.|
|1997||PJ Hendrick||In recognition of his major contribution to the development of the SAIT Lubrication Engineering courses, and for his valuable work within Iscor.|
|1998||PH le Roux||In recognition of his proactive philosophy, and his and his team's vision, in implementing tribology in practice at Iscor Sishen. The impact made on industry with this pioneering work has placed Iscor Sishen on the world benchmark for Caterpillar engine life.|
|1999||Wearcheck Africa||For furthering the interests of tribology within the industry, by establishing, developing and maintaining a reliable and proven oil analysis facility for proactive maintenance management.|
|2000||Marek Lewandowski||In recognition of his eight year support of the South African Institute of Tribology in presenting over one hundred lectures for the Lubrication Engineering course.|
|2001||Habot Marketing SA (Pty) Ltd||Granted for furthering the interests of tribology, in the substantial contribution to the establishment of the synthetic lubricants industry in South Africa.|
|2003||PL Hoffman||In recognition of the implementation and continued management of a world class tribology programme. With excellent co-operation of laboratory, mechanical staff and management, this programme has resulted in considerable reduction in working costs at Sishen Iron Ore Mine, and has received extensive international acclaim and recognition.|
|2004||In recognition of his contribution, over a long period, to the establishment and development of tribology as a science, and for the real support of the South African Institute of Tribology and its activities.|
|2006||Johan H Rall||In recognition of his knowledge of the design, materials and lubrication of gears, and for applying this tribological knowledge and his invaluable experience to the advantage of future generations, through the SAIT Training Programme.|
|2008||Johan J de Koker||In recognition of his ongoing efforts in increasing rail track life, with considerable cost savings, through good tribological practices.|
|2009||Eben du Plessis||In recognition of his development of novel, specialised application equipment of Producut and lubricant for machine tooling, resulting in an increase of productivity and reduction of operating costs of several thousand percent.|
|2010||George Peratides||In recognition of his ongoing support of the SAIT through lecturing and administration in the training programme, and as a mentor giving willingly of his time and expertise in enthusiastically passing knowledge and experience on to the next generation.|
|2011||Dave Gamble||in recognition of his extensive contribution to, and ongoing support of tribology through the years, passing on to the next generation his knowledge, expertise and experience.|
|2012||Anil Mooloo||In recognition of his expert specialist knowledge of lubrication and materials, his development and formulation of tribology products to combat wear and their application in the manufacturing, mining, agriculture and automotive industries.|
|2013||Patrick Graves Swan||In recognition of his ongoing support of the SAIT through preparation and administration of the training programme as well as lecturing, and of the motivation of the SAIT Tribology Project 2010 regarding energy savings in South Africa.|
|2014||John Fitton||In recognition of his exceptional support in updating the SAIT training material, his inspired leadership during his Presidential term and his valuable support of the SAIT Tribology Project 2010.|
|2015||Natasha Sacks||In recognition of your furthering of tribology in establishing a Wear Laboratory at the University of the Witwatersrand, your promotion of the SAIT and South African tribology among international wear bodies, and your liaison with industry in South Africa, in the field of wear and tribology.|
|2016||R H Hodgson||in
recognition of his support of the SAIT and the tribology industry in South
Africa, and his committed term as SAIT President during the years 2002 to 2004. (Awarded Posthumously.)
|2017||Gillian Fuller||in recognition of her outstanding
contribution to tribology, The SAIT and Southern Africa over the last 30 years.
|2018||Douglas Royston Herschell||In recognition of his significant contribution to tribology and
through driving the fundamentals of tribology, and understanding the
application, operating condition, base fluid and chemistry required to solve tribological
|2019||Lesley Frank Barker||In recognition of his
significant contribution to tribology and the SAIT over the years, through
driving the fundamentals of tribology and the solving of issues.
This annual award consists of a trophy and prize cheque for the best technical achievement in the field of tribology. Entrants are required to submit a case study for consideration.
|1987||G J Wright and R Pacey||Jointly recognised for the contribution they made in formalising 'The Wear Society' formed over three years previously.
||M Powell||'Improving the Life of the Linings of Rotary Mills' Mintek
||MOH-9 (Pty) Limited||'New Super-tough Alumina Ceramic Material Developed' Mr Dirk Skawran
||L F Barker||'The Selection of Open Gear Lubricants for Tube Mill Girth Gears' Eskom Power Generation
||Andrew O'Shann||'The Rossing Rubber on Aluminium Haultruck Pan' Rossing Uranium
||LJ van Wyk||'Thermal Arc Sprayed Coating at Hendrina Power Station' Eskom Hendrina Power Station
||10th Anniversary awards only||Eskom, Iscor, Prof Ball, A Langdon
||Barlows Equipment Co (Pty) Ltd||'Spoornet Electric Loco Traction Motors' Mr WG Watson
Runner up UCT Dept Materials Eng
'Understanding & Preventing Erosion - An academic study with industrial significance' Ms Z Feng & Prof A Ball
||Donovan Gericke, Projects Engineer||'The Working Life of a Pipeline carrying an Abrasive Slurry'. Anglogold Limited, Vaal River
||Martin Beyers, Product Manager||'Ceramic Ball Valves' Advanced Ceramics, Multotec Wear Linings
Runner up GR Theron
'Combating aggressive abrasive wear conditions in iron ore passes' Sishen Iron Ore Mine
||Eben du Plessis||'Development & Application of Micro-dosing Equipment & Associated Lubricants' Producut Lubrication Technologies
||Andrï Bresler, Director||'Line-OX SF - Low Friction Wear Resistant Lining Material' Group Line Technical Ceramics (Pty) Ltd and Group Line Projects (Pty) Ltd
||Multotec Wear Linings (Pty) Ltd||'Dual Action Non-return Air valve or Pachuca Valve'
||AE Cattaert||Lubricant & Condition Monitoring at Tutuka Power Station.
||GFB (Deon) Heymans||“Pfeiffer Raw Mill Number 3 Grinding Rollers – Bearing Failure Analysis Recommended Lubricant to extend Bearing Life”.
||G Leibstein||Engen Petroleum Ltd ‘Electric Energy Savings by using Synthetic Oil instead of Mineral Oil’.
Sasol Technology Fuels Research.
|“Fully Synthetic Jet Fuel – impact on Wear, Emissions & High Altitude Relight & First flight in SA”
||Mr LF Barker and Prof PL de Vaal||"Reducing Power Consumption in Helical Gear Drives - A Case Study on Air Cooled Condenser Gearboxes at Matimba Power Station"
||Producut (Pty) Ltd||For the entry “Applying Glycol-in-water in Working of Yellow Metals using Minimum Quantity Lubrication”
|2017||Department of Science and Technology (DST)||For initiating a steering committee to progress tribology at all levels in South Africa, and for adding tribology to the Academy of Science of South Africa’s Strategic Research, Development and Innovation of Energy Efficiency in South Africa working group. The objective of these initiatives is to raise the profile of tribology in South Africa through education, research and implementation, with the objective of reducing the costs of production across industry, which will increase employment, reduce poverty and make South Africa more globally competitive.
|2021||Colin Nieuwoudt of Afrimat||For his innovative use of magnets as a solution to the problem of 'fine-filtering kidney systems' on Afrimat's Crushers needing to be changed monthly. Colin's solution led to these filters and the accompanying oil not needing to be changed for a year, thus generating excellent savings for Afrimat.|
Awarded annually for the best technical presentation given at SAIT technical meetings, seminars and conferences.
||...||Michael J Neale||'Understanding Engine Wear'|
|1987||P Fitzgerald & D Brislin||'Materials Selection for Coal Silo Liners'|
|1988||Alan Cuddon||'Ash Conditioner Blades'|
|1989||Dr D Roy Snaddon||'Wear & Maintenance Costs'
Technical meeting 27 October 1988
|1990||Dr Terry S Eyre||'Tailoring Surfaces to Reduce Excessive Friction and Wear'
Technical meeting 4 July 1989
|1991||Emile O Coetzer||'A Systems Approach to Management of Condition Monitoring'
Technical meeting\ 29 November 1990
|1992||Dr MA Dumbrava||'Applications of Hydrostatic Bearings'
Technical meeting 5 August 1992
|1993||PD Wood||'Lubricants & Contamination at Transnet'
Lubricants & the Environment seminar 6 July 1992
|1994||JH Rall||'Gearing Principles - a practical introduction and identification and nomenclature of gear failure'
Gear Failure Analysis & Prevention seminar 17 May 1994
|1997||'How Additives are used to overcome common problems in Turbine and Dynamic Compressor Oils'
Lubricant Additives seminar 1 October 1996.
|1998||Raoul Goosen||'The need for synthetic base oils to formulate fuel efficient, low wear and long life engine oils'
Synthetic Lubricants seminar 30 October 1997.
|1999||Paul M Morgan||'The production of high quality base oils from Sasol hydrocrackates'
Tribology '98 conference
|2000||Elzanne Retief||'Oil degradation in light commercial vehicles in Southern Africa'
Liquid Fuels seminar 8 July 1999
Highly commended PW Schaberg, Myburgh, Roets, Morgan
'The Properties and Performance of Diesel Fuel Manufactured by the Sasol Slurry Phase Distillate Process.
|2001||Don Howard||'Modelling the Mechanism of a Lubricating Grease in a Simulated Rolling Contact"
Lubricating Greases seminar 18 July 2000.
|2002||Dr Andy DB Yates||Investigation into the Mechanism of Valve Seat Recession'
Liquid Fuels seminar 22 November 2001
Highly commended At J von Wielligh
'Diesel Engine Failure due to Combustion Disturbances caused by Fuel with Insufficient Lubricity' Liquid Fuels seminar
22 November 2001
|2002||J Ian Atherton||'Meeting the Lubrication Challenge of Euro 3 Engine Designs & Beyond'
Crankcase Oils seminar 22 May 2002
Highly commended C Scheffer
'Neural Network Approaches for Sensor-based Tool Wear Monitoring' Metalworking Tools & Fluids seminar
7 Nov 2002
'Evolution & Performance of Diesel Engine Oils' Crankcase Oils seminar
22 May 2002
|2004||Biodiesel as Lubricity Improver for Synthetic Fuel. Tribology 2004 conference.|
|2005||Ms Arlene Ribello||Further Studies in Effectiveness of Functionalised Dispersant Viscosity Modifiers in Controlling Soot Agglomeration
Engine Technology Seminar, 18 October 2005.
|2008||Dave Ransom||‘Wear Protection using Rubber Lining’
SAIT ‘Wear of Materials’ seminar held on 11 September 2007 at the University of the Witwatersrand
|2009||HM Avis||”Particles: Friend or Foe”
Eskom Enterprises Tribology 2008 International Tribology Conference - 2 to 4 April 2008, at the Laboratory University of Pretoria.
|2010||W Walker - SKF||‘Optimising Energy Efficiency within Rolling Bearings’ Technical Meeting 29 September 2009.|
|2011||A Lombard –
|“Transformer Oil Chemistry affecting the South African Market”
SAIT Seminar “Industrial Lubrication” 6 May 2010
|2012||"Failure of Metal to Metal Total Hip Joint Replacements", Tribology 2011 on 5 April 2011.|
|2013||Charles du Bois||“Lubrication of Non-moving Parts”
SAIT Technical Meeting on 13 November 2012.
|2014||Steven L Lumley||“The Role of Oil Analysis in Wind Turbine Gearbox Reliability”
SAIT Seminar on 25 March 2014.
|2015||Peter Asselbergs||“Major Causes of Piston Failures”
SAIT Technical Meeting on 8 July 2014
||for her paper
entitled “Friction & dry sliding wear of WC-Ni based cold sprayed coatings”
SAIT Technical Meeting on 8 March 2016
||for his technical paper
entitled “Brief Overview of Soluble
SAIT technical meeting on 7th February 2017.
|2018||Dr Noel J Pipkin||for his presentation ”High Pressure Systems for Diamond
Synthesis” given at the SAIT Technical Meeting on 5 September 2017.
|2019||Dr J-P Leger - Vesconite||for his
presentation “Adventures in Wear: From
Underground Technical Meeting on 15 May 2018.
||...||Niel Pieterse||Postgraduate masters dissertation (MEng) 2005
‘Development of a dynamic hip joint simulation model’
|2008||Mpho David Marekwa||Postgraduate
‘Evaluation of the Effects of Surface Finish and temperature on Metal Dusting Corrosion’
|2009||Daniel Johannes Fourie||Postgraduate final year investigative project for B.Ing Mechanical University of Johannesburg Engineering “Rail Lubrication and its Effects on Heat Produced and Temperature Distribution under Train Passage.”
|2010||Kgaugelo Mokhwazo -
University of Pretoria
|Undergraduate final year research project B.Eng Chemical Engineering ‘Effect of Biodiesel Addition on the Lubricity of Petroleum Based Diesel.’
|2011||Makhwathana Ntakadzeni -
University of the Witwatersrand
|Undergraduate final year BScEng in Metallurgical Engineering 2010 on ‘Three body abrasion of annealed WC-17wt%Co HVOF Thermal Spray Coatings”
|2012||Roxanne van der Merwe -
||Master's degree in engineering - MSc.(Eng). "Friction and Sliding wear of WC-Co Inserts Containing Mixed Carbides (TiC, TaC, NbC)".
|2013||Jethro C Garrett||2012 Postgraduate Project entitled ‘“TEM investigation of cBN reinforcement in SiAION based composites”
|2014||Ruan A Nell||2013 Postgraduate Project entitled “The Effect of Oxygen on Lubricated Wear Measurement”
|2017||Itumeleng Block||for his presentation entitled “High Temperature Tribological Behaviour of Advanced Hard Coatings for Cutting Tools”, presented to the SAIT at the technical meeting on 6th September 2016.|
|2018||Dominic M Smit||for his
University of the Witwatersrand project “The effect of polishing method on the surface finish of a turning
insert’s coating under continuous cutting”
|2019||Thuli Mkhaliphi||for her University of the Witwatersrand MSc paper “Influence of Ruthenium and Molybdenum Ion
Implantation on the Machining Performance of WC-Co Straight Grade Inserts”
Understanding lubrication, friction and wear