About VES

We are international leaders in research on vibration serviceability and its application to real world problems.

Our reputation is underpinned by our consistent appearances in prestigious international journals and securing major research grants. Our portable experimental facilities provide a capability for dynamic (modal) testing of any kind of civil engineering structure anywhere around the world. Combining this with exceptional capabilities in finite element analysis and model updating we have unique expertise in 'physics based' diagnosis of structural performance.

We lead research on human-structure interactions, including stochastic modelling of human-induced dynamic forces and finite element model updating of pedestrian structures using our unique hardware facility. Our experience in full-scale structure assessment has led to our contribution to key design guides and national and international standards on dynamic loading and assessment of grandstands, floors and buildings.

We can troubleshoot a wide range of vibration problems on grandstands, floors and bridges and are involved in many high profile global structures. We are rapidly developing research niches in two new areas:

  • active control of structures dynamically excited by humans, and
  • development of ground reaction force (GRF) models for pedestrians.

Our achievements

We have developed a unique capability for ground-borne vibration propagation assessment and have assisted in the assessment and design of major UK laser/synchrotron research facilities and overseas electronics manufacture plants.

In structural health monitoring, we have developed internationally leading technology for on-line, real-time 'level 1' performance anomaly detection by combining tools of operational modal analysis and pattern recognition.

Our researchers have developed and operated several remote structural performance monitoring systems in the UK and overseas, in which structural identification tools have been embedded.

A unique facility for recording all three GRF components in a range of circumstances has been developed for serviceability assessment and code development activities.

Our experience is recognised through contributions to international focus groups including ASCE and ISHMII

We have developed a range of vibration control technologies including tuned mass dampers (TMDs), electromagnetic dampers and active vibration control (AVC) systems. We have designed and commissioned the world’s first active mass damper (AMD) system for a concert venue, with 9,600 kg of actively driven inertial mass.

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