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T.P.Waters@soton.ac.uk

Dr Timothy Waters BSc PhD

Associate Professor

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Dr Timothy Waters is Associate Professor within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Current Position

Tim Waters is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), University of Southampton. His research interests relate to vibration control and applications of vibration, particularly at ultrasonic frequencies, for structural health monitoring of aging aircraft and removal of accretions, e.g. in-flight wing de-icing. He runs short courses for industry in vibration related topics.

Career History

Tim Waters graduated in Mathematics from the University of Bristol in 1989. He joined British Aerospace (Airbus) Ltd where he worked in aerodynamic and elastic modelling of aircraft structures for flutter prediction. He began his PhD at the University of Bristol in 1992, funded by British Aerospace, to research new methods for validating finite element models as used for predicting aircraft wing vibration. On completion of his PhD in 1995 he remained at Bristol as a postdoctoral researcher and teaching fellow. He moved to the ISVR in 1998, working both as a research fellow and consulting engineer for a diverse range of clients in the transport and manufacturing industries. He was appointed as lecturer in 2000 and has since developed a broad range of research interests in both the mitigation and exploitation of structural vibration. He has also been involved in various schools and public engagement projects, see for example Luke Jerram’s acoustic wind harp, Aeolus.

Research interests

Dr Waters is interested in both the reduction of vibration, in road vehicles and high precision instrumentation for example, and the exploitation of vibration for diagnostic purposes. His specific research interests include:

  • Modelling wave propagation in structures such as aircraft and piping systems
  • Detection of cracks and crack growth in aging structures, e.g. from their ultrasonic acoustic emissions
  • Detection and removal of accreted material on structures, such as ice on aircraft wings, using ultrasonic vibration
  • Vibration isolation, particularly at ultra low frequencies using snap-through and other nonlinear stiffness mechanisms
  • Identification of mechanical joints in structures using model updating techniques
Video
Aerofoil in icing wind tunnel

Research group

Dynamics Group

Research project(s)

Ultrasonic Removal of Surface Accretions

Prediction of ultrasonic wave propagation in aircraft structures for crack monitoring

Ultra Low Frequency Vibration Isolation

Passive vibration isolation using nonlinear characteristics

Dr Waters is currently responsible for accreditation of our degree programmes with professional engineering institutions (IMechE, RAeS, RINA, IMarEST and the IOA).

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Articles

Book Chapter

  • Waters, T. P. (2015). Chapter 9. Vibration testing. In F. J. Fahy, & D. J. Thompson (Eds.), Fundamentals of Sound and Vibration. Second Edition (pp. 443-482). GB: CRC Press.

Conferences

Reports

Working Paper

Title Module Code Programme Role
Advanced Measurement Techniques (single module) ISVR6094 MSc Sound and Vibration Studies Lecturer
Automotive II - Refinement ISVR3004 Acoustical Engineering, Aero, Mech Coordinator
Finite Element Vibration Analysis ISVR3011 Acoustical Engineering Acoustics and Music Lecturer
Finite Element Vibration Analysis ISVR6044 MSc Sound and Vibration Studies Lecturer
Vibration Control (Subject to Availability) ISVR6053 MSc Sound and Vibration Studies Lecturer
Dr Timothy Waters
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number: 13/3014

Facsimile: (023) 8059 3190

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