Professor Sondipon Adhikari

Professor Sondipon Adhikari

Sondipon Adhikari


Professor, College of Engineering


Specialist Subjects: Uncertainty Quantification, Nanomechanics, Structural Dynamics, Energy Harvesting.

  • PhD, 2001, University of Cambridge (Trinity College), Cambridge, UK
  • MSc, 1997, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  • BEng, 1995, University of Calcutta (now Bengal Engineering and Science University), India


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  • Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) in Computational Mechanics
  • Bio & Nanomechanics (nanotubes, graphene, cell mechanics)
  • Dynamics of Complex Engineering Systems
  • Inverse Problems for Linear and Non-linear Structural Dynamics
  • Renewable Energy (wind energy, vibration energy harvesting)

Selected publications

  • Shaikh Faruque Ali, Sondipon Adhikari, Energy Harvesting Dynamic Vibration Absorbers, Journal of Applied Mechanics, 2013, 80, 4, [ISSN:0021-8936], [DOI: 10.1115/1.4007967]
  • Sondipon Adhikari, A reduced spectral function approach for the stochastic finite element analysis, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2011, 200, 21-22, pp.1804-1821, [ISSN:00457825], [DOI: 10.1016/j.cma.2011.01.015]
  • Sondipon Adhikari, The calibration of carbon nanotube based bionanosensors, Journal of Applied Physics, 2010, 107, 12, pp.124322-, [ISSN:00218979], [DOI: 10.1063/1.3435316]
  • G Litak, M. I Friswell, S Adhikari, Magnetopiezoelastic energy harvesting driven by random excitations, 2010, [DOI: 10.1063/1.3436553]
  • F Scarpa, S Adhikari, A Srikantha Phani, Effective elastic mechanical properties of single layer graphene sheets, Nanotechnology, 2009, 20, 6, pp.065709, [ISSN:1361-6528], [DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/20/6/065709]
  • S Adhikari, M I Friswell, D J Inman, Piezoelectric energy harvesting from broadband random vibrations, Smart Materials and Structures, 2009, 18, 11, pp.115005-, [ISSN:1361-665X], [DOI: 10.1088/0964-1726/18/11/115005]
  • S Adhikari, Damping modelling using generalized proportional damping, 2006, pp.156-170, [ISBN:0022-460X], [DOI: 10.1016/j.jsv.2005.09.034]
  • Sondipon Adhikari, Asymptotic distribution method for structural reliability analysis in high dimensions, 2005, pp.3141-3158, [ISBN:1364-5021], [DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2005.1504]
  • Sondipon Adhikari, Qualitative dynamic characteristics of a non-viscously damped oscillator, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 2005, 461, 2059, pp.2269, [ISBN:1364-5021], [ISSN:1364-50211471-2946], [DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2005.1485]


  • EG-M81 - Flight Dynamics and Control (15/16)

Research theses supervised


  • 2015 - Reduced order modelling and error estimates for time varying stochastic systems (2nd Supervisor: Professor Yuntian Feng)
  • 2015 - To be defined (2nd Supervisor: Dr Chengyuan Wang)
  • 2015 - Ambient piezoelectric vibration energy harvesting exploiting impact nonlinearity (1st Supervisor: Professor Michael Friswell)
  • 2014 - Robust design of vibration-based energy harvesting systems (1st Supervisor: Dr Hamed Haddad Khodaparast)
  • 2014 - Analysis of stochastic multi-scale dynamic systems (2nd Supervisor: Professor Michael Friswell)
  • 2011 - 'Mechanical behaviours of Piezoelectric nanostructures' (1st Supervisor: Dr Chengyuan Wang)
  • 2011 - 'Efficient uncertainty propagation schemes for dynamical systems with stochastic finite element analysis' (2nd Supervisor: Professor Michael Friswell)
  • 2010 - To be defined
  • 2009 - 'Uncertainty Quantification for Complex Engineering Structures: Statics and Dynamics' (2nd Supervisor: Professor Michael Friswell)
  • 2007 - Gaussian Process Emulators for the Analysis of Complex Models in Engineering (2nd Supervisor: Professor David Owen)


  • 2007 - Random matrix approach for stochastic finite element method (2nd Supervisor: Professor Yuntian Feng)


  • 2014 - 'Robust aeroelastic tailoring of composite wings'
  • 2013 - 'Graphene Nanoplatelet Reinforced Epoxy Nanocomposites'
  • 2013 - '''''''Modal Analysis of an Aluminium Frame Structure'''''''
  • 2010 - Automatic blood glucose regulation using nonlinear control theory
  • 2009 - Energy Harvesting using Piezoelectric Effect
  • 2008 - Structural analysis using periodic structure theory
  • 2008 - Analysis of piezoelectric energy harvesting for bridge health monitoring systems (2nd Supervisor: Professor Michael Friswell)
  • 2007 - To be defined

Additional information

Work history

  • 04/2007-Present: Chair of Aerospace Engineering, Swansea University.
  • 07/2009-Present: Visiting Professor, University of Johannesburg.
  • 09/2004-09/2009: EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow.
  • 01/2003-03/2007: Lecturer in dynamics and control: Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Bristol.
  • 07/2006-08/2006: Visiting Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA.
  • 06/2006-07/2006: Visiting Professor, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
  • 08/2001-01/2003: Junior Research Fellow, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
  • 11/2000-12/2002: Research Associate, Cambridge University Engineering Department.
  • 01/1998-10/2000: Cambridge University Engineering Department: Laboratory demonstrator for first and third year students in vibration engineering, supervisor in mechanics and structures for Kings College and Pembroke College, Cambridge.
  • 06/1996-09/1997: Project Assistant: Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.


Academic prizes and honours

  • 10/2010: Awarded the Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship.
  • 05/2010: Received the Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society.
  • 07/2009: Awarded the Newton International Fellowship (award value £159,000) for Dr. Sk. Faruque Ali.
  • 10/2008: Awarded the Newton International Fellowship (award value £159,000) for Dr. Rajib Chowdhury.
  • 05/2008: Elected into a Visiting Fellowship from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
  • 10/2007: Winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize 2007. (prize value £70,000).
  • 01/2006: Member of the Winning project team in the EPSRC Ideas factory Workshop on Scientific Uncertainty and Decision Making (awarded £338,591).
  • 05/2004: EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship.
  • 08/2001: Junior Research Fellowship (in science and engineering) from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
  • 06/2001: Second prize from the Acoustical Society of America for the best student paper/presentation in the 141st Meeting at Chicago, USA. ($150 and a certificate).
  • 04/1999: John Winbolt Prize (best student paper prize) from the Cambridge University for the paper entitled `Rates of change of eigenvalues and eigenvectors in damped dynamic system' appeared in the AIAA Journal, 37[11] (1999), pp. 1452-1458. (£1200 and a certificate).
  • 09/1998: Overseas Research Student Award.
  • 10/1997: Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust Scholar at the Trinity College, Cambridge.
  • 10/1997: Honorary Cambridge Nehru Scholarship from New Delhi.

Publications, invited lectures, editorial & review works


  • Adhikari, S., "Stochastic finite element analysis using a reduced orthonormal vector basis", Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 200[21-22] (2011), pp. 1804-1821
  • Litak, G., Friswell, M. I. and Adhikari, S., "Magnetopiezoelastic energy harvesting driven by random excitations", Applied Physics Letters, 96[21] (2010), pp. 214103:1-3.
  • Wang, C. W., Murmu, T. and Adhikari, S., "Mechanisms of nonlocal effect on the vibration of nanoplates", Applied Physics Letters, 98[15] (2011), pp. 153101:1-3.
  • Adhikari, S. and Chowdhury, R., "The calibration of carbon nanotube based bio-nano sensors", Journal of Applied Physics, 107[12] (2010), pp. 124322:1-8.
  • Potrykus, A. and Adhikari, S., "Dynamical response of damped structural systems driven by jump processes", Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, 25[3] (2010), pp. 305-314.
  • Adhikari, S., "Generalized Wishart distribution for probabilistic structural dynamics", Computational Mechanics, 45[5] (2010), pp. 495-511.
  • Adhikari, S., Friswell, M. I. and Inman, D. J., "Piezoelectric energy harvesting from broadband random vibrations", Smart Materials & Structures, 18[11] (2009), pp. 115005:1-7.
  • Wang, C. Y., Li, C. F., and Adhikari, S., "Dynamic behaviors of microtubules in cytosol", Journal of Biomechanics, 42[9] (2009), pp. 1270-1274.
  • Scarpa, F., Adhikari, S. and Phani, A. Srikanth, "Effective mechanical properties of single graphene sheets", Nanotechnology, 20[1-2] (2009), pp. 065709:1-11.
  • Adhikari, S., "Qualitative dynamic characteristics of a non-viscously damped oscillator", Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series - A, 461[2059] (2005), pp. 2269 - 2288. 

Invited lectures

  • A Reduced Orthogonal Projection Approach for Stochastic Finite Element Analysis, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK, 14 September 2010.
  • Keynote: Uncertainty Quantification in Structural Dynamics: A Reduced Random Matrix Approach: at the 5th International ASRANet Conference (ASRANet 2010), Edinburgh, Scotland, 14 June 2010.
  • Keynote: Collocation based high dimensional model representation for stochastic partial differential equations: at the Fourth European Congress on Computational Mechanics (ECCM 2010), Paris, France, 20 May 2010.
  • Uncertainty in Structural Dynamics: Analysis & Identification at the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, April 2009.
  • Uncertainty Quantification in Structural Dynamics at the University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa, March 2009.
  • Computational methods in Structural Mechanics & Applications at the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, March 2009.
  • Uncertainty Quantification for Complex Aero-mechanical Systems at the, Calculating the Effects of Uncertainty in Advanced Structures Workshop, London, UK, May 2008.
  • Uncertainty Quantification in Structural Dynamics: A Random Matrix Approach at the, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, USA, August 2006.
  • Random Matrix Method for Stochastic Structural Mechanics at the, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, June 2006.
  • A short course on probabilistic structural dynamics at CISM International Center for Mechanical Sciences, Udine, Italy, June 2005.
  • Identification of Damping at the University of Catania, Catania, Italy, June 2005.

Editorial & review works

  • 05/2011-Present: Editorial Board member of Machines: Machinery and Automation.
  • 06/2010-Present: Editorial Board member of Modelling and Simulation in Engineering.
  • 08/2009-Present: Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Mathematics in Engineering, Science and Aerospace (MESA).
  • 03/2009-Present: Editorial Advisory Board member of the Journal of Sound and Vibration.
  • 01/2009-Present: Editorial Board member of International Journal of Engineering Under Uncertainty: Hazards, Assessment and Mitigation.
  • 10/2008-Present: Editorial Advisory Board member of The Open Numerical Methods Journal.
  • 01/2008-Present: Editorial Advisory Board member of The Open Acoustics Journal.
  • 01/2006-Present: Associate Editor of Shock and Vibration.
  • Reviewer for 51 academic journals, 14 conferences, 3 funding bodies and book reviewer for three publishers

Association with professional bodies

  • 01/2010-Present: Member of American Society Of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
  • 09/2007-Present: Member of ASCE Probabilistic Methods Committee.
  • 05/2007-Present: Member of the Stochastic Process and Stochastic Analysis Cluster of the Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences (WIMCS).
  • 10/2005-Present: Member of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) peer review college.
  • 08/2005-Present: Associate Member of The Institute of Nanotechnology (IoN).
  • 02/2005-Present: Member of Uncertainty Quantification and Model Validation (UQMV) technical division of SEM.
  • 07/2004-Present: Member of AIAA Non-Deterministic Approaches Technical committee (NDA-TC).
  • 10/2006-Present: Senior Member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) (Member from 04/2004).
  • 02/1999-Present: Member of Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM).
  • 11/1998-10/2002: Fellow of Cambridge Philosophical Society.