Jen Muggleton is a Principal Research Fellow in the Dynamics Group within the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Her main research interests are wave propagation in pipes and in the ground, particularly relating to leak detection and the detection of buried objects. She is currently working closely with UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR) on their ‘Zero Leakage 2050’ initiative as well as focusing on the use of optical fibre technology for pipeline leak detection.
- Detection & location of buried infrastructure using vibration techniques.Acoustic leak detection in pipes.Vibration of fluid-filled pipes.Vibration of automotive tyres.
External roles and responsibilities
Jen graduated from Imperial College, London in 1985 with a first class honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering. She subsequently registered for a PhD at the ISVR, whilst being employed at the Admiralty Research Establishment at Portland, Dorset. During her time at Portland she worked mainly on sound propagation and radiation problems concerned with submerged structures. In 1992 she completed her PhD entitled ‘Acoustic power flow in fluid filled tubes and cavities’.
In 1994 she returned to Southampton as a Research Fellow in the Mechanical Engineering Department, and spent the next four years working on the biomechanics of the human spine, along with image processing and analysis of fluoroscopic images of the human spine in motion. This resulted in the development of the OSMIA system for back pain.
In 1999 Dr Muggleton was appointed as a Research Fellow in the Dynamics Groups within ISVR where the main focus of her work has been on wave propagation in pipes, initially relating to water leak detection and, more recently, to buried pipe location and detection. In 2004 she instigated the vibroacoustic element of Mapping the Underworld in which she was extensively involved until the end of the project in 2018. In addition, she has undertaken research on automotive tyre vibration as well as on a number of other smaller structural dynamics projects. In 2007 she was promoted to Principal Research Fellow. Since 2018 she has been predominantly working on the UKWIR Zero Leakage 2050 programme.