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Prof James Brownjohn

Professor of Structural Dynamics


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Professor James Brownjohn BSc PhD DEng FIMechE FIStructE MASCE joined the University of Exeter as part of the Vibration Engineering Section in 2013 after periods at University of Bristol (1984-1992), Nanyang Technological University Singapore (1992-2004), University of Plymouth (2004-2005) and University of Sheffield (2005-2013). His academic career has focused on experimental assessment of performance of a range of civil structures, using full-scale dynamic testing, long-term monitoring and shaking table testing.


His present research and professional interests include vibration serviceability, structural health monitoring (SHM), system identification, biomechanics and wind engineering. He has published in all these areas in a number of journals. His experience with ambient vibration testing and operational modal analysis using minimal portable equipment including use of calibrated humans is a complement to traditional forced vibration testing approaches.

Professor Brownjohn is involved in promoting developments in full-scale testing and structural health monitoring through contribution to the ASCE State of the Art Report on Structural Identification of Constructed Systems.

His current funded research projects are 

STORMLAMP, which investigates the structural condition of and extreme wave loads sustained by offshore rock light houses around the British Isles.

BAYOMALAW, which develops methodology and numerical tools for maximising and quantifying the reliability of modal parameters obtained by ambient vibration tests on extreme civil structures such as super-tall buildings and long span bridges. 

VSimulators, a Strategic Equipment Proposal in collaboration with the University of Bath which will create a pair of unique simulation facilities to explore the interactions of humans with the built environment in relation to vibration serviceability and healthcare, among many exciting interdisciplinary research areas.

Visit the VES research news pages to find out about activities in these and other areas.


Professor Brownjohn is a founding director of Full Scale Dynamics Ltd, a University spin-off company and programme director for the Exeter MSc in Structural Engineering.