Engineering and the Environment

Research Group: Dynamics Group

The Dynamics Group has a wide range of interests in the modelling, measurement and control of structural vibrations. Our activities cover the whole spectrum, from fundamental theoretical studies, through the development of numerical tools and experimental measurement techniques to specific engineering applications. These applications extend to land, aerospace and marine vehicles and structures, machinery and humans. Links with industry are very strong.

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Group Overview

Our laboratories contain an extensive range of equipment for vibration measurement, testing and analysis. We contribute to a number of short courses concerning vibration modelling, measurement and control. 

Research activities:

High-Frequency Vibrations

Railway Noise and Vibration

Active Control and Smart Structures

Dynamic Modelling

Automotive Noise and Vibration.

Contact us

  • ISVR Unit

    Engineering and the Environment
    University of Southampton
    Highfield Campus
    Southampton SO17 1BJ


    Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2291



Selected publications associated with this group from the University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints):


Muggleton, J.M., Brennan, M.J. and Gao, Y. (2011) Determining the location of buried plastic water pipes from measurements of ground surface vibration. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 75, 54-61. (doi:10.1016/j.jappgeo.2011.06.030 ).
Mottershead, J.E., Ghandchi Tehrani, Maryam, James, S. and Court, P. (2011) Active vibration control experiments on an Augusta Westland W30 helicopter airframe. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science (In Press).
Ryue, J., Thompson, D.J., White, P.R. and Thompson, D.R. (2011) Wave reflection and transmission due to defects in infinite structural waveguides at high frequencies. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 330, (8), 1737-1753. (doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2010.10.034).
Hills, Esther, Ferguson, N.S. and Mace, B.R. (2011) Variability of automotive interior noise from engine sources. Noise Control Engineering Journal, 59, (2), 109-125.
Wilson, Emma, Rustighi, Emiliano, Mace, Brian R. and Newland, Phillip L (2011) Modelling the isometric force response to multiple pulse stimuli in locust skeletal muscle. Biological Cybernetics, 104, (1-2), 121-136. (doi:10.1007/s00422-011-0423-0). (PMID:21327827).
Triepaischajonsak, N., Thompson, D.J., Jones, C.J.C., Ryue, J. and Priest, J.A. (2011) Ground vibration from trains: experimental parameter characterization and validation of a numerical model. [in special issue: Special issue on rail research uk: the universities’ centre for rail systems research] Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, 225, (2), 140-153. (doi:10.1177/09544097JRRT370).
Royal, A.C.D., Atkins, P.R., Brennan, M.J., Chapman, D., Chen, Huanhuan, Cohn, A., Foo, K., Goddard, K., Hayes, R., Hao, Tong, Lewin, P.L., Metje, N., Muggleton, J.M., Naji, A., Orlando, G., Pennock, S., Redfern, M., Saul, A., Swingler, S.G., Wang, Ping and Rogers, C.D.F. (2011) Site assessment of multiple sensor approaches for buried utility detection. International Journal of Geophysics, 2011, 496123-[19pp]. (doi:10.1155/2011/496123).


Colacino, F.M., Rustighi, E. and Mace, B.R. (2011) Applications of bio-feedback to muscle models. Southampton, GB, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton, 103pp. (ISVR Technical Memorandum, 993).


Papastefanou, Anastasia (2011) An experimental investigation of leak noise from water filled plastic pipes. University of Southampton, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, Doctoral Thesis , 203pp.
Kamesh, P. (2011) Oil-whirl instability in an automotive turbocharger. University of Southampton, Insitute of Sound and Vibration Research, Doctoral Thesis , 289pp.


Members of staff associated with this group:

Research projects

Research projects associated with this group:

Wave motion in beams and strings

Mapping the Underworld

Energy dissipation in non-linear systems

Wave and Finite Element Modelling

Algorithms for active vibration control

The application of the dynamic stiffness method in determining the response of aerospace structures to acoustic excitation

Non-linear vibration absorbers

Landmine detection using acoustic waves

Non-linear vibration isolators

Active control in piezo-laminate structures

Vibration of turbochargers

PC keyboard emitted noise

Prediction of ultrasonic wave propagation in aircraft structures for crack monitoring

Modelling next generation CROR aircraft

Virtual certification of acoustic performance for freight and passenger trains

Minimising the environmental impact of advanced aircraft designs

A holistic approach for the design and assessment of railway tracks

Modelling the dynamic properties of filled rubber using finite elements

Sound transmission through inhomogeneous partitions

Energy methods and SEA

Aerodynamic noise from trains

Mouse control and arm movement co-ordination

Vibration of automotive hoses

Line sampling

Sound radiation from orthotropic plates with curvature

Smart Structures and Active Vibration Control

Railway damping technologies

Modelling Of Train Induced Vibration (MOTIV)

Tyre noise and vibration

Applications of Bio-feedback to muscle models

Energy harvesting from vibration

Dynamics of laminates, sandwich panels, cylinders and constrained layer treatments using finite element analysis

Person recognition from measurements of footfall

Tuneable vibration absorbers

Uncertainty in joints

Transport Noise and Vibration

Modelling of wheel/rail interaction in the time domain

Estimation of structural dynamic parameters at higher frequencies using Bayesian methods

Mid-to-High Frequency Modelling of Vehicle Noise and Vibration

Measurement of rotational vibration

Active vibration control using synchrophasing

Engine mounting strategies

Characterizing leak noise

Adaptive vibration absorbers

Sound transmission in lightweight structures

Ultra Low Frequency Vibration Isolation

Active vibration control of a doubly-curved panel under pressurisation

Biodynamics and Biometrics

Efficient dynamics stress calculations for fatigue testing using component mode synthesis

Dynamics of automotive suspension systems

Structural Dynamics and Vibroacoustics

Dielectric Electro-Active Polymers: Vibration Control Application

Wheel/rail rolling and impact noise

Ground-borne vibration from trains

Shock propagation

Vibration in railway bridges

Adaptive active vibration control in continuous structures

Ultrasonic Removal of Surface Accretions

Detection of leaks in buried water-filled pipes

Locust Biomechanics modelling

Road and soil acoustic characterisation from surface measurements

Postgraduate opportunities

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