The Applied Mechanics Research Group is focused on (i) modelling and analysis of engineering systems exhibiting nonlinear responses, and practical applications of dynamics, control and condition monitoring; (ii) various aspects of micro- and nanomechanics, including solid mechanics (stability theory, wave propagation), mechanical engineering (structural mechanics) and material sciences (composite and nanomaterials); (iii) risk and reliability of structures and systems, (iv) design optimisation and (v) bioengineering. The majority of the work of the group is strategically focused on the energy sector with many members of the group applying their expertise to industrial problems. The group hosts the Centre for Applied Dynamics Research (CADR), the Centre for Micro- and Nanomechanics (CEMINACS), and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) Centre for Safety and Reliability Engineering.
CADR, founded in 2003, has a strong focus on application theory of dynamical systems to science and engineering. The main strength of this Centre is a harmonious blend of theoretical and experimentally rich research in a broad spectrum of dynamics including smooth and non-smooth dynamical systems, elastic stability, chaos and vibration control, vibro-impact dynamics, nonlinear time series analysis, resonance enhanced drilling, and renewable energy.
CEMINACS, founded in 2004, has international reputation in modelling the behaviour of heterogeneous materials at different length scales. The work of the Centre is relevant to a wide range of key industrial sectors including aerospace, space, marine, automotive, electronic, defence, security and medicine, leading to improvements in design and reductions of fabrication and manufacturing costs.
LRF Centre, established in 2011, maintains a centre of excellence in the study of practical and theoretical problems related to the safety and reliability of engineering systems, with emphasis on the effects of human factors. The work of the Centre covers both the development and use of the fundamental risk and reliability concepts and also the practical problems in the industries related to (i) ageing assets, (ii) new technologies in extreme environments and (iii) reliability of renewable energy infrastructure.
Biomechanics research in the group focuses on analysis and simulation of human movement through advanced musculoskeletal modelling. Application areas include the design and optimisation of assistive technologies for restoring movement in people with activity-limiting disorders such as spinal injuries, limb loss and musculoskeletal conditions. This forms part of a new group of academics in Bioengineering, encompassing bioinspired robotics and biofluid mechanics as well as movement biomechanics.