Chair in Aerospace Structures
Engineering
Telephone: (01792) 602969
Room: Academic Office - A_214
Second Floor
Engineering Central
Bay Campus

Research interests:

Structural dynamics
Morphing aircraft
Improvement of finite element models using measured data
Identification of damage location and extent using model based algorithms
Rotating machinery dynamics
Model reduction methods
Modelling and analysis of structures with viscoelastic damping
Dynamics of non-linear systems
Acoustic emission
Active vibration control

Publications

  1. & Analysis of pendulums coupled by torsional springs for energy harvesting. MATEC Web of Conferences 211, 05008
  2. & Aeroelasticity of compliant span morphing wings. Smart Materials and Structures 27(10), 105052
  3. & Bidirectional torsional negative stiffness mechanism for energy balancing systems. Mechanism and Machine Theory 131, 261-277.
  4. & A smart pipe energy harvester excited by fluid flow and base excitation. Acta Mechanica 229(11), 4431-4458.
  5. & A robust design of an innovative shaped rebar system using a novel uncertainty model. Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization 58(4), 1351-1365.

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Teaching

  • 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.

Supervision

  • Stochastic Nonlinear Model Updating in Structural Dynamics (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Friswell
    Other supervisor: Dr Hamed Haddad Khodaparast
  • Modelling of porous piezoelectric material with applications to vibration energy harvesting (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Sondipon Adhikari
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Friswell
  • Robust Condition Monitoring of Gas Turbines«br /»«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Hamed Haddad Khodaparast
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Friswell
  • The Non-linear Dynamics of Rotor-Stator Contact (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Alexander Shaw
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Friswell
  • Wave Propagation in Cellular Metamaterials (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Friswell
    Other supervisor: Prof Sondipon Adhikari
  • Design and optimisation of morphing aircraft (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Hamed Haddad Khodaparast
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Friswell
  • Dynamic Walking Models to Understand the Effects of Asymmetric Gait Characteristics (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Friswell
    Other supervisor: Dr Rajesh Ransing
  • 'Uncertainty quantification utilising MATLAB and FE modelling applied to composite structures' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Friswell
    Other supervisor: Dr Hamed Haddad Khodaparast
  • 'Mechanics of quasi-periodic lattices' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Friswell
    Other supervisor: Prof Sondipon Adhikari

Key Grants and Projects

  • European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant, Optimisation of Multi-scale Structures with Applications to Morphing Aircraft 2010 - 2015

    2.4M Euros (EPSRC)

  • EU Marie-Curie Excellence Grant, The Design of Morphing Aircraft 2005 - 2008

    1.94M Euros (EPSRC)

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2009 Present Professor of Aerospace Structures Swansea University
2002 2009 Sir George White Professor of Aerospace Engineering Bristol University
1993 2002 Lecturer Swansea University
1987 1993 Lecturer Aston University
1983 1987 Researcher Portland

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2000 Awarded DSc degree, Swansea University
1996 EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship
2002 Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder
2005 Team leader of a Marie-Curie Excellence Grant on Morphing Aircraft
2009 Visiting Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Bristol
2010 Honorary Professor, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China

External Responsibilities

  • Editorial Board Member, Technische Mechanik

    2003 - Present

  • Editorial Board Member, Sports Engineering

    1998 - 2001

  • Editorial Board Member, Inverse Problems in Engineering

    1996 - 2001

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Vibration and Control

    1995 - Present

  • Associate Editor, Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal

    2001 - 2011

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures

    2000 - Present

  • Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics

    1999 - 2004

  • Member, Society for Experimental Mechanics

    2001 - Present

  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

    2000 - Present

  • Fellow, Institute of Physics

    1998 - Present

  • Fellow , Institute of Mathematics of its Applications

    1999 - Present