Areas of Research

Advanced Damping Techniques


In terms of active and passive vibration control, our main efforts have been in the development of novel material damping technologies and for many years the group hosted a Rolls-Royce UTC on the subject. Technologies developed and extended within the group – like particle dampers – have been successfully adopted by aerospace industry. The group also has expertise in active control applied to manufacturing processes e.g. in the mitigation of 'chatter', a notoriously destructive problem of excessive vibration that can occur in cutting operations. Recent developments in the area of vibration control have successfully incorporated 'hardware-in-the-loop' concepts.

Smart Materials


The group has performed extensive research on smart materials and their application in vibration control problems. The main areas of activity have been the use piezoelectric materials, and the development of smart fluid systems.

In smart fluids research, we have developed modelling and control procedures which enable the application of smart dampers to real-world vibration problems. Work to date has included non-dimensional characterisation of fluid flow, dynamic modelling of fluid flow, and implementation of real time control.

In smart solids research, we have developed vibration control systems using active-constrained layer damping.

Nonlinear Dynamics

The Dynamics Research Group is currently part of £4.2M EPSRC Engineering Nonlinearity Programme Grant. This consortium of five universities and eight industrial partners is focused on five main research themes:

  • Uncertainty Analysis
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  • Modal Testing
  • Bifurcations
  • Active Control

Structural Health Monitoring


  • Smart Structures and Materials
  • Dynamics of Structures and Machines
  • Advanced Signal Processing

Uncertainty Analysisuncertainty

The Dynamics Research Group has a long-standing interest in uncertainty analysis and its application to problems in structural dynamics. The groups work covers both branches of uncertainty analysis, touching on problems in applications in experimental study and numerical modelling.