Harnessing the Power of Vibration in Mechanical and Structural Systems

  • Zhangming Wu, Cardiff University, School of Engineering, UK
  • Carol Featherston, Cardiff University, School of Engineering, UK
  • David Kennedy, Cardiff University, School of Engineering, UK
  • Abhishek Kundu, Cardiff University, School of Engineering, UK

Dynamics and vibration problems exist widely in engineering systems. A deep understanding of the dynamic characteristics of components or structures is therefore essential to the design of safe, robust systems including bridges, buildings, machines, and devices etc. The vibration behaviour of structures can for example give rise to significant loads or deformations, affecting the normal operation and in some instances even leading to catastrophic failure. For this reason, phenomena such as wind-induced vibrations must be considered in the design of bridges and tall buildings and aircraft wings must be designed to avoid flutter. On the other hand, an increasing number of advanced engineering systems/devices are being developed to take advantage of beneficial vibration characteristics to achieve specific functions, e.g., ultrasonic probes, MEMS/sensors, therapeutic devices, energy harvesting devices etc and even to inform about the current health of the structure or system itself e.g. frequency or mode based structural health monitoring. Recent advances in additively manufacturing technology enable us to design and fabricate novel materials and structures possessing unprecedented properties not present in nature. These novel materials and structures provide the further potential to advance vibration-related engineering applications, such as energy absorption, energy harvesting, vibration damping and isolation, vibration/acoustic control, and precision sensing etc. However, the introduction of novel materials and structures in the design and implementation of vibration-related engineering systems will inevitably increase the level of complexity of mathematical/computational modelling, design optimization and the prediction and analysis of performance. Such tasks will become even more challenging when nonlinear dynamics are involved. It is increasingly important, therefore, for researchers to continuously develop advanced modelling and design methods (e.g., inverse methods, reduced-order methods, etc.), and further study/explore dynamics and vibration problems. This minisymposium will address these challenges, reporting on research progress in modelling, optimization and experimental testing of mechanical and structural systems.

Keywords: Friction, Vibration, Dynamics, Materials and Structures, Modelling, Inverse problems, Reduced Order problems, Optimization, Experimental testing



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31 July 2022

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Early September 2022


Organised by the IOP Applied Mechanics Group

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