Donald Julius Groen Prize

The Donald Julius Groen Prize (Serial 215) is funded from The General Trust Fund.

Trust conditions

A bequest (£28,123) under the Will of the late Donald Julius Groen, member 1944 to 1966. £10,000 of the bequest was to be spent in arranging a place near the Library or in the building where members may help themselves to tea at a small cost or free of charge.  The remainder of the bequest was to be spent on "...any object consonant with the Charter of the Institution and preferably in such a manner that my name should remain attached to it".

Award conditions

Prizes awarded by the appropriate Division/Group Committees to the authors of outstanding papers or for outstanding achievements in the Group's sphere of activity, provided the papers or achievements are of a sufficiently high standard to warrant the award of an IMechE prize.

  • Number of awards: One
  • Value of awards: £250

Closing date: 10 April 2020

2018 Prize winner: Andrea Antenucci

Andrea Antenucci Donald Julius Groen prize winner The Safety & Reliability Group sponsor one of the Donald Julien Green Awards annually for the best submitted paper in the field of Safety and Reliability.

In 2018, the winning paper - Antenucci, A. and Sansavini, G. "Adequacy and security analysis of interdependent electric and gas networks", Proc IMechE, Part O: J Risk and Reliability 2018; 232(2): 121-139 was co-written by Andrea Antenucci, our prize winner.

Brief synopsis

The paper demonstrates how to assess resilience, adequacy and security of electric and gas networks, and find the most vulnerable components that are prone to failure and can lead to gas pressure instabilities and loss of supply. The authors propose a methodology for simulation-based modelling of dependent networks: through inclusion of system operation and system state variables (current, pressure and mass flow), modelling disruption and critical conditions, including transient model of the gas network and cascading failure model of the electric power model.

The model is applied with reference to a simplified energy infrastructure in the UK. The approach could be used to prevent critical operating conditions, induced by the interactions of networks, help with safety-based decisions and development of mitigating strategies.

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