Applied Mechanics Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.

About this group

As a special interest, member-driven group, we are interested in the static and dynamic behaviour of mechanical systems. This includes:

  • experimental
  • analytical
  • numerical

Our overarching theme is the synergy between these studies.

We cover topics that include:

  • materials characterisation
  • measuring and modelling residual stresses
  • damage assessment
  • identification and control
  • multi-functional and smart structures
  • multi-scale analyses
  • damping materials
  • mechanics of advanced materials under vibro-impact loading

What the group does

Our key activities focus on the understanding of:

  • stresses
  • deformational processes
  • failure of components
  • structures and materials exposed to loading and service conditions 

Enabling technology

Our remit covers the enabling technology that underpins analysis like:

  • sensor development
  • full-field optical systems for experimental analysis
  • development and application of modal analysis
  • inverse method
  • advances in the finite element and boundary element analysis


The application range covers:

  • design, manufacture and vibration behaviour of aerospace components
  • automotive design
  • medical devices
  • marine systems
  • energy technologies
  • composite materials and structure
  • surgical simulation and biological systems
  • bonded and bolted joints and connections

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Group events

Find group events on the IOP events portal.


December 2018 (PDF, 836KB)
November 2017 (PDF, 340KB)
Summer 2016 (PDF, 195KB)

Committee and contacts

  • Chair: Dr Carol Featherston
  • Secretary: Dr Anish Roy
  • Email:

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