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

Visiting Fellow

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Dr Emiliano Rustighi is Visiting Fellow within the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, at the University of Southampton.

He 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. Dr Rustighi joined the ISVR as Research Fellow in April 2004 working on the integration of smart materials into flexible structures. He was promoted to Lecturer in 2007 and Associate Professor in 2015. His interests in general concern vibrations, dynamics, control and mechatronics. He has chaired three international conferences on Recent Advances in Structural Dynamics (RASD2013, RASD2016 and RASD2019) and one on Motion and Vibration Control (MoViC 2016). Pisa, Italy, 1-3 July 2013). He is subject editor of the Journal of Vibration and Control. Away from work, his interests include DIY and woodworking.

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.

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.
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)

Zero Leakage 2050

UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR), working in partnership with others, has taken a lead in the development of the water research agenda in the UK and Ireland by defining a strategic research programme to address the key challenges facing the industry, now and in the future. In the ISVR at Southampton University, we are working on one of the 12 Big Research Questions, ‘How will we achieve zero leakage in a sustainable way by 2050?’. In particular, in ISVR, we are looking at the fundamental research required to take Acoustic Leak Detection to a whole new level.

Mapping the Underworld

Mapping the Underworld (MTU) was a 14-year multi-disciplinary and multi-university research programme, running from 2004-2018, largely funded by the EPSRC, bringing together experienced researchers with a range of different expertise.

Ultrasonic Removal of Surface Accretions

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Dr Emiliano Rustighi
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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