Professor Neil Sims

MEng, PhD, CEng, FIMechE

Dr Neil Sims

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Head of Department

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD
UK

Telephone: +44(0)114 222 7724
Fax: +44(0)114 222 7890

email : n.sims@sheffield.ac.uk


Profile

Dr Neil Sims is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. His first degree was in Mechanical Engineering, and after a year in industry he returned to Sheffield to study for a PhD. His research concerned the modelling and control of smart fluid dampers, and he has continued to develop his research interests in this area. From 2003 to 2008 he held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship on the subject of chatter in high speed machining.

Research Interests

Smart fluids

• Modelling and design of smart fluid dampers
• Control and stability of smart fluid dampers
• Commercialisation of smart fluid dampers for consumer and industrial applications
• Research projects include the ADLAND project

Machining vibration:

• Methods for predicting and preventing chatter in high speed machining
• Active and passive vibration control during machining
• Research projects include the EPSRC research grants on chatter avoidance, and process damping

Uncertainty propagation:

• The role of uncertainty in structural dynamics problems
• Propagation techniques
• Application to smart materials and machining problems
• Application to modelling and design of energy harvesting systems
• Research funded by the EPSRC platform grant on Uncertainty Propagation in Structures, Systems and Processes

Research Projects

Adaptive Landing Gears for Improved Impact Absorption (ADLAND)

New Methods for Chatter Avoidance

Process Damping in Milling: Theory, Experiment, and Practical Solutions

Uncertainty Propagation in Structures, Systems and Processes

Mobile Energy Harvesting Systems

Journal articles

Chapters

Conference proceedings papers

  • Tang N, Rongong J, Lord C & Sims N (2016) Experimental investigation and modeling of dynamic performance of wave springs. Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics, 5 September 2016 - 7 September 2016. View this article in WRRO
  • Tang N, Sims N & Rongong J (2016) Modelling of an adjustable TMD incorporating an elastomeric O-ring. Proceedings of 17th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics View this article in WRRO
  • Khan IU, Wagg D & Sims ND (2016) Hybrid active and semi-active control for vibration suppression in flexible structures. ASME 2016 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2016, Vol. 1
  • Gurdal O, Ozturk E & Sims ND (2016) Analysis of Process Damping in Milling. Procedia CIRP, Vol. 55 (pp 152-157)
  • Khan IU, Wagg D & Sims ND (2016) Hybrid active and semi-active control for pantograph-catenary system of high-speed train. Proceedings of ISMA 2016 - International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering and USD2016 - International Conference on Uncertainty in Structural Dynamics (pp 171-182)
  • Scott M, Sims ND, Green PL, Grant-Wilson G & Bateman M (2014) Sensitivity Analysis of an Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor Control Rod Model. View this article in WRRO
  • Sims ND (2014) Dynamics of nonlinear variable helix milling. ENOC 2014
  • Flores F, Ozturk E & Sims ND (2014) Investigation of robotic milling dynamics. International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) 64th General Assembly
  • Eroglu MA & Sims ND (2014) Observer based adaptive tuned mass damper with a controllable MR damper. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Structural Dynamics, EURODYN 2014 (pp 1601-1607)
  • Suzuki H, Marshall M, Sims N & Dwyer-Joyce R (2014) Surface texturing by vibration assisted machining with piezoelectric actuator. Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting and Exhibition 2014, Vol. 2 (pp 778-780)
  • Delgado A, Ozturk E & Sims ND (2013) Analysis of Non-Linear Machine Tool Dynamic Behaviour. Proceedings of the 5th Manufacturing Engineering Society International Conference
  • Euan IG, Ozturk E & Sims ND (2013) Modeling Static and Dynamic Cutting Forces and Vibrations for Inserted Ceramic Milling Tools. Procedia CIRP: 14th CIRP Conference on Modelling of Machining Operations
  • Eroglu MA & Sims ND (2012) Observer based optimal control of MR dampers. 10th World Congress on Computational Mechanics, Vol. 20224
  • Green P, Worden K, Atallah K & Sims ND (2012) The modelling of friction in a randomly excited energy harvester. Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Modal Analysis Noise and Vibration Engineering. Orlando, FL
  • Khaledsaleh K & Sims ND (2012) The Self-Excitation Damping Ratio in Variable Speed Milling. World Congress on Engineering 2012
  • Green P, Worden K, Atallah K & Sims ND (2012) The modelling of friction in a randomly excited energy harvester. Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Modal Analysis Noise and Vibration Engineering. Orlando, FL
  • Muhamed P, Worden K & Sims ND (2012) Experimental validation of the orthogonalised reverse path method using a nonlinear beam. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Vol. 382(1)
  • Green PL, Worden K, Atallah K & Sims ND (2012) The benefits of duffing-type nonlinearities and electrical optimisation of a randomly excited energy harvester. Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series, Vol. 6 (pp 657-667)
  • Papatheou E, Green P, Racic V, Brownjohnb JMW & Sims ND (2012) A short investigation of the effect of an energy harvesting backpack on the human gait. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, Vol. 8341
  • Yusoff AR, Sims ND & Turner S (2011) Experimental validation of chatter stability for variable helix milling tools. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Vol. 26(1)
  • Taylor CM, Sims ND & Turner S (2011) Process damping and cutting tool geometry in machining. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Vol. 26(1)
  • Papatheou E & Sims ND (2011) Development of a hardware in-the-loop simulator for an energy harvesting backpack. EuroMech Colloquium on Structural Control and Energy Harvesting
  • Morales AL, Rongong JA & Sims ND (2011) A Fuzzy Finite Element methodology for the analysis of uncertain control systems with smart actuators and sensors: a numerical case study. Proceedings of Smart ’11
  • Green PL, Attalah K, Worden K & Sims ND (2011) On the Performance of Magnetic Levitation Energy Harvesters Under Random Excitation Conditions. EuroMech Colloquium on Structural Control and Energy Harvesting
  • Eroglu MA & Sims ND (2011) Observer based linearization of MR dampersObserver based linearization of MR dampers. EuroMech Colloquium on Structural Control and Energy Harvesting
  • Morales AL, Rongong JA & Sims ND (2010) Estudio de la influencia de la incertidumbre en el control active con materiales inteligentes. XVIII Congreso Nacional de Ingenieria Mecanica (pp 200). Ciudad Real, Spain, 3 November 2010 - 5 November 2010.
  • Yusoff AR & Sims ND (2010) Period one chatter instability of variable pitch milling tools. Thirteenth Conference On Nonlinear Vibrations, Dynamics, And Multibody Systems, Vol. 181 (pp 012026-012026). Cambridge, UK
  • Sims ND (2010) Machining Dynamics, Smart Fluids, Energy Harvesting, and Uncertainty. Duke Vibration Workshop
  • Saleh K & Sims ND (2010) A new approach to time domain simulation of variable speed milling. 10th International Conference on Recent Advances In Structural Dynamics. Southampton, UK
  • Papatheou E, Burrow SG, Clare LR & Sims ND (2010) A hardware in-the-loop simulator of a backpack energy harvester. Proceedings of the 2010 International Conference on Modal Analysis Noise and Vibration Engineering. Leuven, Belgium
  • Muhamad P, Sims ND & Worden K (2010) On the conditioned reverse path method for the identification of nonlinear systems, part 2: The orthogonalised reverse path method. 10th International Conference on Recent Advances In Structural Dynamics. Southampton, UK
  • Muhamad P, Sims ND & Worden K (2010) On the conditioned reverse path method for the identification of nonlinear systems, part 1: Minor modifications. 10th International Conference on Recent Advances In Structural Dynamics. Southampton, UK
  • Green PL, Worden K, Atallah K & Sims ND (2010) Performance of linear and nonlinear resonant frequency energy harvesters under uncertain loading conditions.. Proceedings of the 2010 International Conference on Modal Analysis Noise and Vibration Engineering. Leuven, Belgium
  • (2009) Proceedings of the 2nd international conference on uncertainty in structural dynamics. Sheffield, UK
  • Yusoff AR, Sims ND & Turner S (2009) Optimised variable helix and variable pitch milling tools for suppressing chatter in milling. Trends in Aerospace Manufacturing 2009. To be published in IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering. Rotherham, UK
  • Taylor C, Sims ND & Turner S (2009) Process Damping and Built-Up Edge Phenomena in Low Speed Turning. Trends in Aerospace Manufacturing 2009. To be published in IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering. Rotherham, UK
  • Batterbee DC & Sims ND (2009) Finite element modelling of shaken baby syndrome: A frequency response approach. IMAC-XXVII: A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, Vol. XXVII-09 CD. Orlando, FL
  • Yusoff AR & Sims ND (2009) Optimisation of variable helix end millings tools by minimising self excited vibration. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Vol. 181(1)
  • Batterbee DC & Sims ND (2009) Magnetorheological platform dampers for mountain bikes. Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2009, Vol. 7290. San Diego, CA
  • Mann BP & Sims ND (2008) Using nonlinearity to improve the performance of vibration based energy harvesting devices. 7th European Conference on Structural Dynamics, Vol. E307. Southampton, UK
  • Huyanan S & Sims ND (2008) Active vibration absorbers for chatter mitigation during milling. Institution of Mechanical Engineers - 9th International Conference on Vibrations in Rotating Machinery, Vol. 1 (pp 125-140)
  • Yusoff AR, Sims ND & Clark RE (2008) Non-contacting electromagnetic actuators for chatter stability analysis of milling tools. Institution of Mechanical Engineers - 9th International Conference on Vibrations in Rotating Machinery, Vol. 1 (pp 305-316)
  • Sims ND, Manson G & Mann B (2008) Fuzzy stability analysis of milling processes. PROCEEDINGS OF ISMA 2008: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NOISE AND VIBRATION ENGINEERING, VOLS. 1-8 (pp 2993-3005)
  • Cheng J, Batterbee D, Yoxall A, Sims ND, Rowson J & Howard IC (2008) Shaken baby syndrome: a structural dynamics perspective. PROCEEDINGS OF ISMA 2008: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NOISE AND VIBRATION ENGINEERING, VOLS. 1-8 (pp 2003-2014)
  • Batterbee DC & Sims ND (2008) Temperature sensitive stability of feedback controllers for MR dampers - art. no. 69281B. ACTIVE AND PASSIVE SMART STRUCTURES AND INTEGRATED SYSTEMS 2008, Vol. 6928 (pp B9281-B9281)
  • Sims ND & Manson G (2007) Machining chatter: stability analysis using affine arithmetic. 1st International Conference on Uncertainty in Structural Dynamics (pp 365-376-365-376). Sheffield, UK
  • Manson G, Pierce SG, Worden K & Sims ND (2007) Optimisation of Neural Network Weights for Robustness to Data Uncertainty. IMAC-XXV Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics. Orlando, Florida
  • Batterbee DC, Sims ND & Lafitte A (2007) Semi-active Landing Gear Incorporating Smart Fluid Damping: A Performance Comparison of ER and MR Fluids. IMAC-XXV Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics. Orlando, Florida
  • Stembridge N, Levesley M, Crolla D, Sims ND & Burnett M (2006) Real-Time Control of a Magnetorheological Damper for Vehicle Suspension Systems. 8th International Symposium on Advanced Vehicle Control, Vol. AVEC060218. Taipei, Taiwan
  • Sims ND, Turner MS & Ridgway K (2006) A model of milling dynamics using Matlab and Simulink. 9th CIRP International Workshop on Modeling of Machining Operations (pp 155-162-155-162). Bled, Slovenia.
  • Sbrescia F & Sims ND (2006) A signal processing technique for chatter stability prediction. Proceedings of the International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Vol. 2006
  • Batterbee DC, Sims ND, Wolejsza Z & Lafitte A (2006) Magnetorheological landing gear design: A feasibility study for small and large-scale aircraft. Proceedings of ISMA2006: International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering, Vols 1-8 (pp 337-351)
  • Batterbee DC, Sims ND & Plummer AR (2005) Hardware-In-The-Loop-Simulation Of A Vibration Isolator Incorporating Magnetorheological Fluid Damping. II Eccomas Thematic Conference On Smart Structures And Materials. Lisbon, Portugal
  • Batterbee DC, Sims ND, Stanway R & Wolejsza Z (2005) Design and performance optimisation of magnetorheological oleopneumatic landing gear. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, Vol. 5760 (pp 77-88)
  • Sims ND, Amarasinghe A & Ridgway K (2005) Particle dampers for workpiece chatter mitigation. Manufacturing Engineering and Materials Handling, 2005 Pts A and B, Vol. 16 (pp 825-832)
  • Zhang YM & Sims ND (2005) Experimental investigation of active damping for regenerative chatter suppression in high-speed milling. Proceedings of the International Conference on Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics 2005, Vols 1 and 2 (pp 1232-1237)
  • Sims ND & Zhang Y (2004) Piezoelectric active control for workpiece chatter reduction during milling. Proceedings of the Third European Conference on Structural Control, Vol. I (pp M5-13 -- M5-16-M5-13 -- M5-16). Vienna, Austria
  • Sims ND & Zhang YM (2004) Piezoelectric active control for workpiece chatter reduction during milling. SMART STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS 2004: SMART STRUCTURES AND INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, Vol. 5390 (pp 335-346)
  • Batterbee DC & Sims ND (2004) Skyhook damping with linearised magnetorheological dampers. SMART STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS 2004: DAMPING AND ISOLATION, Vol. 5386 (pp 72-82)
  • Ariffin MKAM, Sims ND & Worden K (2004) Genetic optimisation of machine tool paths. ADAPTIVE COMPUTING IN DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE VI (pp 125-135)
  • Zhang ZJ, Ho CC, Nyang KM, Chan YW & Sims ND (2003) Semi-active vibration control using MR damper. Underwater Defence Technology Asia Conference, Vol. PII.10. Singapore
  • Zhang ZJ, Ho CC, Nyang KM, Chan YW & Sims ND (2003) MR damper characterization and the linearised controller. Underwater Defence Technology Asia Conference, Vol. PII.7. Singapore
  • Sims ND & Zhang Y (2003) Active damping for chatter reduction in high speed machining. Smart 03 conference (pp 195-212-195-212). Jaswidin, Poland
  • Batterbee DC & Sims ND (2003) Feedback control strategies for MR vehicle suspension systems. Smart 03 conference. Jaswidin, Poland
  • Johnson AR, Stanway R, Tan KP & Sims ND (2003) Electro-rheological clutches for a robotics application: Dynamic, operational and control considerations.. SMART STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS 2003: SMART STRUCTURES AND INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, Vol. 5056 (pp 432-443)
  • Sims ND & Wereley NM (2003) Modelling of smart fluid dampers. SMART STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS 2003: DAMPING AND ISOLATION, Vol. 5052 (pp 163-174)
  • Sims ND, Stanway R & Wong CX (2002) Prediction of ER long-stroke damper response: model updating methods. SMART STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS 2002: DAMPING AND ISOLATION, Vol. 4697 (pp 313-323)
  • Tan KP, Bullough WA, Stanway R, Sims N, Johnson AR & Tozer RC (2001) A simple one dimensional robot joint based on the ER linear reversing mechanism. Eighth International Conference on Electrorheological fluids (ER) and Magnetorheological (MR) Suspensions (pp 323-328-323-328). Nice, France
  • Bullough WA, Peel DJ, Sims ND & Stanway R (2001) ER/MR flow mode damper design methodology and railcar lateral suspension application. Smart Structures: Applications and Related Technologies (pp 184-203-184-203)
  • Sims ND, Stanway R & Johnson AR (2001) Experimental testing and control of an ER long-stroke vibration damper. SMART STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS 2001: SMART SYSTEMS FOR BRIDGES, STRUCTURES, AND HIGHWAYS, Vol. 4330 (pp 218-226)
  • Sims ND, Stanway R & Johnson AR (2001) Experiments with feedback control of an ER vibration damper. IUTAM SYMPOSIUM ON SMART STRUCTURES AND STRUCTRONIC SYSTEMS, Vol. 89 (pp 307-314)
  • Sims ND, Stanway R, Johnson AR & Mellor P (2001) Design, testing and model validation of an MR squeeze-flow vibration damper. SMART STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS 2001: DAMPING AND ISOLATION, Vol. 4331 (pp 111-120)
  • Stanway R, Sims ND & Johnson AR (2000) Modelling and control of a magnetorheological vibration isolator. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, Vol. 3989 (pp 184-193)
  • Stanway R, Sims ND & Johnson AR (2000) Modelling and control of a magnetorheological vibration isolator. SMART STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS 2000: DAMPING AND ISOLATION, Vol. 3989 (pp 184-193)
  • Sims ND, Stanway R, Johnson AR, Peel DJ & Bullough WA (2000) Smart fluid damping: Shaping the force/velocity response through feedback control. SMART STRUCTURES AND MATERIAL 2000: SMART STRUCTURES AND INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, Vol. 3985 (pp 470-481)
  • Stanway R, Johnson AR, Peel DJ & Bullough WA (1999) Modelling of an Electro-rheological Long-Stroke Damper under dynamic conditions. Vibration, Noise and Structural Dynamics ’99 Conference (pp 500-511-500-511). Venice, Italy
  • Stanway R, Sims ND & Johnson AR (1999) Magneto-rheological fluids in squeeze-flow: Validation of quasi-steady mathematical models. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fluids Engineering Division (Publication) FED, Vol. 249 (pp 117-121)
  • Sims ND, Stanway R, Johnson AR & Yang JS (1999) Vibration isolation using a magneto-rheological damper in the squeeze-flow mode. SMART STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS 1999: SMART STRUCTURES AND INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, PTS 1 AND 2, Vol. 3668 (pp 520-526)
  • Sims ND, Stanway R, Johnson AR, Peel DJ & Bullough WA (1999) Feedback control of an electrorheological long-stroke vibration damper. SMART STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS 1999: PASSIVE DAMPING AND ISOLATION, Vol. 3672 (pp 73-81)
  • Rowson J, Sims ND & Batterbee DC () Finite element modelling of shaken baby syndrome: A frequency response approach. IMAC-XXVII: Conference & Exposition on Structural Dynamics. Orlando, Florida, USA, 9 February 2009 - 12 February 2009.
  • Green PL, Worden K, Atallah K & Sims ND () Performance of linear and nonlinear resonant frequency energy harvesters under uncertain loading conditions. PROCEEDINGS OF ISMA2010 - INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NOISE AND VIBRATION ENGINEERING INCLUDING USD2010 (pp 4775-4789). Leuven, BELGIUM, 20 September 2010 - 22 September 2010.
  • Green PL, Papatheou E & Sims ND () Energy harvesting from human motion: An evaluation of current nonlinear energy harvesting solutions. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Vol. Volume 382(Issue 1). Glasgow, 28 August 2012 - 31 August 2012.