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Professor Simon Neild

Professor Simon Neild

Professor Simon Neild
M.Eng., Ph.D.(Oxon.)

Professor in Nonlinear Structural Dynamics

Head of School

Office QB 1.26
Queen's Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 4550447


My research work focuses on non-linear dynamics of mechanical systems and includes analytical techniques, vibration suppression and nonlinear dynamic testing.

Nonlinear Dynamics: I am interested in extending modal analysis techniques to nonlinear systems. This work involves both analysing and understanding the dynamic characteristics of nonlinear systems and developing experimental identification methods.

Vibration Suppression: I work on the use of nonlinear passive and semi-active devices for vibration suppression. This work includes implementation of coupled electrical-mechanical devices that are potentially capable of self-tuning.

Nonlinear Dynamic Testing: I research into nonlinear dynamic test techniques. This includes developing real-time hybrid testing techniques for testing nonlinear components within the context of larger structures. I have also studied, for example, the non-linear modal dynamics of cables and the rattle dynamic of gears.


  • Adaptive control
  • substructuring
  • control of hydraulic systems
  • non-linear dynamics
  • damage detection

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