Organization profile

Organisation profile

The research group ethos involves the development of advanced analytical techniques in combination with numerical simulations and a strong element of experimental testing. The group has a variety of projects funded by the EPSRC and the European Commission, as well as projects with collaboration and funding from industry. New Laboratory facilities were established in 2004 as part of BLADE (Bristol Laboratory For Advanced Dynamics Engineering), including state-of-the-art dynamic testing capabilities.

The dynamics and control research activity is concerned with research problems relating to modelling, simulation and control of civil, mechanical and aerospace engineering systems.

Engineering Dynamics

Engineering Dynamics research spans a wide range of activities and applications. Large structures, bridges, machines, and aircraft all have dynamical properties which need to be modelled, measured and designed for. Our research activity is focused on the dynamic behaviour of these systems - particularly those with significant nonlinearity. The group hosts the University Technology Centre with AgustaWestland, and has a range of other industrial projects. The following topics are major themes of research:

  • Aircraft dynamics
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Modal testing
  • Smart structures
  • Structural integrity

Control Engineering

Control Engineering research includes expertise in a wide range of topics. Recent collaborative work includes projects with the University of Bath on the energy-efficient adaptive control of servohydraulic systems, and on the adaptive control of the University of Bristol shaking-table. Current work with industry includes projects with Zwick Controllers Ltd, on the adaptive control of servohydraulic testing machines, and with BAE Systems on adaptive navigation in uncertain urban environments. Topics of research interest include:

  • Model predictive control
  • adaptive control
  • distributed control
  • unmanned aerial vehicle
  • autonomous systems
  • real-time dynamic substructuring
  • aircraft stability and control
  • Fluid Dynamics

The Fluid Dynamics research group has research expertise in a range computational and experimental fluid dynamics topics. A particular focus in recent years has been unsteady flows, and their interaction with engineering structures. Work is also been carried out on the dynamics and control of bubbling fluidised beds. The group have collaborative contracts with all major UK aerospace companies, and collaborative links with many international research institutes. 

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    Research Output

    Accounting for Quasi-Static Coupling in Nonlinear Dynamic Reduced-Order Models

    Nicolaidou, E., Melanthuru, V. R., Hill, T. L. & Neild, S. A., Jul 2020, In : Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics. 15, 7, 10 p., 071002.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 43 Downloads (Pure)

    A Connected Autonomous Vehicle Testbed: Capabilities, Experimental Processes and Lessons Learned

    Kent, T., Richards, A. G., Pipe, T., Hutchinson, J. & Schuster, W., 23 Jun 2020, In : Automation. p. 17-32 16 p., 2.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 29 Downloads (Pure)

    Active Flutter Mitigation Testing on the FLEXOP Demonstrator Aircraft

    Takarics, B., Patartics, B., Vanek, B., Roessler, C., Bartasevicius, J., Koeberle, S., Hornung, M., Teubl, D., Pusch, M., Wustenhagen, M., Kier, T., Looye, G., Bauer, P., Meddaikar, Y., Waitman Filho, S., Marcos, A. & Luspray, T., 5 Jan 2020.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference Paper

    Open Access
  • 153 Downloads (Pure)


    Robotic Prostate cancer diagnosis/treatment

    Tzemanaki, A., Persad, R. A., Hill, T. L. & Martsopoulos, A.


    Project: Research

    T-B PHASE: Prosperity Partnership with Thales

    Wilson, R. E., Johnson, A., Bullock, S., Lawry, J., Richards, A. G., Noyes, J. M., Hauert, S., Bode, N. W. F., Wilson, R. E., Pitonakova, L., Kent, T., Crosscombe, M., Zanatto, D., Alkan, B., Drury, K. L., Hogg, E., Bonnell, W. D., Bennett, C. D., Clarke, C. E. M., Wisetjindawat, W., Potts, M. W., Ellinas, C., Sartor, P. N., Harvey, D., Rayneau-Kirkhope, B., Galvin, K., Lam, J., Barden, E. & Chattington, M.


    Project: Research

    Student theses

    Aerial Manipulators for Contact-based Interaction

    Author: Hamaza, S., 28 Nov 2019

    Supervisor: Richardson, T. S. (Supervisor) & Georgilas , I. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    A single camera optical system for the measurement of helicopter blade track and elastic deflection

    Author: Palmer-Walsh, A. J., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Lieven, N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    Cooperative Control for Automated Air-to-Air Refuelling

    Author: Bullock, S., 9 May 2017

    Supervisor: Richardson, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)



    Best Paper Award

    Guerra-Langan, Ana (Recipient), Araujo-Estrada, Sergio (Recipient) & Windsor, Shane P (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Doctoral Gottlieb Daimler-und Karl Benz-Foundation Scholarship

    Guido Herrmann (Recipient), Jan 1998

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    Doctoral Marie-Curie-Research-Fellow

    Guido Herrmann (Recipient), Nov 1998

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    Smart Structures for Bio-Inspired Morphing

    Daniel J Inman (Advisor)

    9 Jul 201911 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion

    Wireless in nuclear applications

    Guido Herrmann (Invited speaker)

    8 Mar 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk


    Nuclear Asset Information, Monitoring and Maintenance

    Guido Herrmann (Invited speaker)

    3 Jul 20184 Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk