About us

Structures and Dynamics group (SDG) has recently been restructured and state-of-the-art equipped to tackle a range of fundamental problems in infrastructure, aerospace, and biomedical systems. 

It has international leads in a number of areas such as vibration serviceability, active control and structural health monitoring that it will apply to meeting the challenges of managing the performance of new-build and ageing critical infrastructure, in particular bridges. 

It will adapt its state-of-the-art technology for measuring human-induced dynamic loads on as-built civil structures to monitor and study real-life forces applied on human musculo-skeletal systems while walking/running/jumping during normal daily activities. Our vision is to move from science fiction to reality in personalised computer models for prognosis of musculo-skeletal pathology and decision support on prostheses.

SDG researches problems of control of dynamic structures, such as aeroplanes or space craft alongside its partners Airbus and the European Space Agency, allowing it to implement advances quickly. For example, recent fault tolerant control systems devised by us are currently being ‘flown’ in flight simulators by Airbus.

SDG will also venture into the new biomedical engineering field of in-silico medicine.

Spin-out companies

Structures and Dynamics group is home to two spin-out companies:

Full Scale Dynamics Ltd which specialises in managing performance of civil infrastructure at full scale.

Its client base includes blue-chip companies in the UK and overseas, and has provided services in design, assessment and operation of structures that have included London Millennium Bridge, the London 2012 velodrome, Helix Bridge, Singapore and many UK Premiere League football stadia.

It integrates smoothly with SDG facilities and researchers, providing direct routes both for industrial application of research developments and for feedback of industry needs into research.

Simpleware Ltd arose from group research on bio-fidelic mesh generation, and work will continue to innovate in underpinning theory for FE and CFD mesh generation. 

Simpleware’s interaction with its worldwide, sector-spanning user base (including NASA) lends it an excellent data-feed of new problems, all of which inform the research of the group.