Applied Mechanics Group

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About this group

The group is concerned with the application of the principles of mechanics to a wide variety of important problems in science and engineering. 

Although these underlying principles can be traced back to Newton and beyond, the discipline is still evolving and currently encompasses advanced computer simulations, stochastic and well as deterministic methods of analysis, design optimisation methods, novel experimental techniques, and applications to the wide range of materials now available, e.g. advanced composites. 

The focus of the group is on the static and dynamic analysis of solid structures and materials (i.e. condensed matter) but the role of the surrounding fluid medium is also of consideration – as in problems of aeroelasticity and vibro-acoustic response. The headline event of the group is the triennial International Conference on Modern Practice in Stress and Vibration Analysis (MPSVA), the next running of which is scheduled for July 2022 at St Anne’s College, Oxford.

We cover topics that include:

  • mechanics of solids and structures
  • mechanics of biological materials
  • measuring and modelling residual stresses
  • damage mechanics and assessment
  • signal processing, identification and control
  • multi-functional and smart structures
  • multi-scale analyses
  • damping materials
  • impact mechanics – crash, blast and ballistics
  • fluid-structure interactions
  • materials characterisation

What the group does

Our key activities focus on the understanding of:

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

Enabling technology

Our remit covers the enabling technology that underpins analysis such as:

  • sensor development
  • advances in measurement systems for experimental analysis
  • development and application of modal analysis
  • inverse methods
  • advances in numerical simulation methods

Application

The application range covers the design, manufacture and dynamic behaviour of components and systems in the following areas:

  • aerospace 
  • automotive 
  • energy technologies
  • marine systems
  • medical devices
  • surgical simulation and biological systems
  • bonded and bolted joints 
  • composite materials and structures

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Committee and contacts

Chair Dr Carol Featherston, MInstP
Secretary Dr Anish Roy, MInstP
Treasurer Wing Commander Anthony Drew, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary Member Professor David Barton, FInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Hugh Goyder, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr WeeLiam Khor, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Sadegh Nadimi, MInstP
Co-opted member Dr Alice Cicirello, MInstP