Professor Sondipon Adhikari


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)

Areas of Expertise

  • Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) in Computational Mechanics
  • vibration energy harvesting
  • Dynamics of Complex Engineering Systems
  • Nanomechanics


  1. & Effective in-plane elastic moduli of quasi-random spatially irregular hexagonal lattices. International Journal of Engineering Science 119, 142-179.
  2. & Polynomial chaos-based extended Padé expansion in structural dynamics. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
  3. & System reliability analysis of soil slopes with general slip surfaces using multivariate adaptive regression splines. Computers and Geotechnics 87, 212-228.
  4. & Homogenization of porous piezoelectric materials. International Journal of Solids and Structures 113-114, 218-229.
  5. & A Surrogate Based Multi-fidelity Approach for Robust Design Optimization. Applied Mathematical Modelling

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  • EG-360 Dynamics 2

    Building on Dynamics 1, this module introduces the students to matrix analysis in discrete mass-spring damper systems, natural frequencies and mode shapes, principle of orthogonality, normal coordinates, detailed study of 2 degree of freedom systems, higher order systems, forced response, viscous damping, harmonic response, response to general forces, continuous structures, energy methods, displacement models, Rayleigh and Rayleigh-Ritz methods, methods of excitation, transducers, mounting structures, Fourier transforms in forced vibration, aliasing, leakage, FRF estimation, coherence, peak picking, circle fitting, rotordynamics, co-ordinate systems, unbalance and gyroscopic moments, the Jeffcott rotor, whirl, critical speeds, Campbell diagram.

  • EG-M81 Flight Dynamics and Control

    The course introduces the students to aircraft dynamics simulation and control by giving the necessary background about the flight dynamics, controller design and basic autopilot, and by using several commercial/educational/open source softwares/codes and the in-house flight simulator to provide practical experience.


  • Robust design of vibration-based energy harvesting systems (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Hamed Haddad Khodaparast
    Other supervisor: Prof Sondipon Adhikari
  • 'Mechanics of quasi-periodic lattices' (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Sondipon Adhikari
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Friswell
  • Ambient piezoelectric vibration energy harvesting exploiting impact nonlinearity (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Friswell
    Other supervisor: Prof Sondipon Adhikari
  • Reduced order modelling and error estimates for time varying stochastic systems (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Sondipon Adhikari
    Other supervisor: Prof Yuntian Feng
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Michael Clee
    Other supervisor: Prof Sondipon Adhikari
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Sondipon Adhikari
    Other supervisor: Dr Hamed Haddad Khodaparast

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
April 2007 Present Chair of Aerospace Engineering Swansea University
July 2009 Present Visiting Professor University of Johannesburg
April 2004 April 2009 Advanced Research Fellow EPSRC
January 2003 March 2007 Lecturer in dynamics and control Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Bristol
July 2006 August 2006 Visiting Scientist Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA
June 2006 July 2006 Visiting Professor Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
August 2001 January 2003 Junior Research Fellow Cambridge University Engineering Department
January 1998 October 2000 Laboratory demonstrator; supervisor in mechanics and structures Cambridge University Engineering Department
June 1996 September 1997 Project Assistant Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

External Responsibilities

  • Member, American Society Of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

    2010 - Present

  • Member, ASCE Probabilistic Methods Committee

    2007 - Present

  • Member of the Stochastic Process and Stochastic Analysis Cluster, Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences (WIMC

    2007 - Present

  • Member, EPSRC peer review college

    2005 - Present

  • Associate Member, The Institute of Nanotechnology (IoN)

    2005 - Present

  • Member of Uncertainty Quantification and Model Validation (UQMV), Technical division of SEM

    2005 - Present

  • Member, AIAA Non-Deterministic Approaches Technical committee (NDA-TC)

    2004 - Present

  • Senior Member, merican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

    2006 - Present

  • Member, Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM)

    1999 - Present

  • Fellow, Cambridge Philosophical Society

    1998 - 2002

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
October 2010 Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship
May 2010 Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society
July 2009 Newton International Fellowship (award value £159,000) for Dr. Sk. Faruque Ali
October 2008 Newton International Fellowship (award value £159,000) for Dr. Rajib Chowdhury
May 2008 Visiting Fellowship from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
October 2007 Winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize 2007 (prize value £70,000)
January 2006 Member of the Winning project team in the EPSRC Ideas factory Workshop on Scientific Uncertainty and Decision Making
May 2004 EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship
August 2001 Junior Research Fellowship (in science and engineering) from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
June 2005 Second prize from the Acoustical Society of America for the best student paper/presentation in the 141st Meeting at Chicago, USA
April 1999 John Winbolt Prize (best student paper prize) from the Cambridge University
September 1998 Overseas Research Student Award
October 1997 Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust Scholar at the Trinity College, Cambridge
October 1997 Honorary Cambridge Nehru Scholarship from New Delhi

Invited Presentations, Lectures and Conferences

Date Description
September 2010 A Reduced Orthogonal Projection Approach for Stochastic Finite Element Analysis, University of Liverpool, Liverpool
January 2010 Keynote: 5th International ASRANet Conference (ASRANet 2010), Edinburgh, Scotland
May 2010 Keynote: Fourth European Congress on Computational Mechanics (ECCM 2010), Paris
April 2009 Uncertainty in Structural Dynamics: Analysis & Identification at the University of Oxford, Oxford
March 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
May 2008 Calculating the Effects of Uncertainty in Advanced Structures Workshop, London
April 2006 Uncertainty Quantification in Structural Dynamics: A Random Matrix Approach at the, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos
June 2006 Random Matrix Method for Stochastic Structural Mechanics at the, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
June 2005 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