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Dr Emiliano Rustighi Dott.Ing., PhD, CEng MIMechE

Associate Professor

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Dr Emiliano Rustighi is Associate Professor within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Current position

Emiliano Rustighi is a Associate Professor in the Dynamics Group within the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) within Engineering and Physical Sciences. He is also programme coordinator of the MSc Sound and Vibration Studies and Chairman of MoViC & RASD 2016 (13th International Conference on Motion and Vibration Control joint with the 12th International Conference on Recent Advances in Structural Dynamics).

His research interest is in control and monitoring of vibrating structures. Applications range from mechanical structure, to seismic excitation up to muscle performances.

Honours and awards

2008   EASD (European Association of Structural Dynamics) Junior Research Prize in the area of Development of Methodologies for Structural Dynamics

Career history

Dr Rustighi graduated with joint Honours in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pisa in 2000 and received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Pisa for a thesis on the analysis and control of rotating machinery in 2004. He spent one year at the ISVR as visiting student under the European Doctorate in Sound and Vibration Studies (EDSVS) studentship working on variable stiffness mechanisms for adaptive vibration absorbers.

Dr Rustighi joined the ISVR as Research Fellow in April 2004 working on the integration of smart materials into flexible structures working on the Integrated Project "InMAR: Intelligent Materials for Active Noise Reduction". He was promoted to Lecturer in the Dynamics Group, January 2007. He has been Assistant Editor of the Journal of Sound and Vibration from January 2010 till March 2015.

Southampton, UK, 3-6 July 2016
Southampton, UK, 3-6 July 2016
Pisa, Italy, 1-3 July 2013
Pisa, Italy, 1-3 July 2013

In 2011 he joined the vibroacoustic team of the renowned Mapping the Underworld programme. He has been organiser of two successful conferences: NOVEM09 Noise and Vibration: Emerging Methods (Oxford, UK, 5-8 April 2009), and RASD2013 11th International Conference on Recent Advances in Structural Dynamics (Pisa, Italy, 1-3 July 2013).

Research interests

Dr Rustighi is interested in the analysis, control and energy harvesting of vibrations in mechanical structures which integrates sensors, transducers and controller electronics (smart structures). He is furthermore interested in the wave interpretation of the vibrational phenomena and in its application to vibration control and detection of underground utilities. He is also working on the use of grey box models to describe the behaviour of muscle and on their use for the evaluation of muscles performance and degeneration.

Consequently his research covers:

  • Smart structures: how can we design structures that adapt to environmental changes so to minimise their vibrational response and/or maximise the absorption of energy. This research covers linear and non-linear systems, active, semi-active and adaptive-passive control strategies, the use of novel materials such as shape memory alloys, magneto-rhelogical fluids and dielectric-electro-active-polymers.
  • Detection and assessment of underground utilities: can we detect the presence of sewerage, gas, water and other utility distribution pipes without the need to dig holes, which is both expensive and detrimental.
  • Modelling of muscles: how can we improve existing muscle models and use these to detect the effect of therapies, medicines, and any other external factor on muscle performances.
Field experiments
Mapping the Underworld
Counter-rotating elements to adapt stiffness
Tuneable vibration absorbers
Magneto-rheological squeeze-film damper
Locust muscle testing
Muscle modelling

Research group

Dynamics Group

Research project(s)

Mapping the Underworld

Mapping the Underworld (MTU) is an on-going 12-year multi-disciplinary and multi-university research programme largely funded by the EPSRC, bringing together experienced researchers with a range of different expertise.

Tuneable vibration absorbers

'Smart' technologies can be applied to create variable stiffness element and maintain tuned conditions of a tuned vibration absorber (TVA). Stractural modification, shape memory alloys and viscoelastic polymers have been employed.

Dielectric Electro-Active Polymers: Vibration Control Application

DEAP actuators manufactured by Danfoss PolyPower A/S have been applied to an active vibration isolation problem. Watch the video!

Energy Harvesting

The objective of this research is to introduce nonlinear  damping to a harvester device to achieve better performance.

Muscle models with applications

How can we improve existing muscle models and use these to detect the effect of therapies, medicines, and any other external factor on muscle performances?

Ultrasonic Removal of Surface Accretions

Southampton, UK, 3-6 July 2016
Southampton, UK, 3-6 July 2016
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Dr Emiliano Rustighi
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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