Dynamics and Control

The dynamics and control research group focuses on 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.


Laboratory facilities were established in 2004 as part of BLADE, (Bristol Laboratory For Advanced Dynamics Engineering) including state-of-the-art dynamic testing capabilities.

Requirements for engineering structures increasingly emphasise efficiency and performance, resulting in ever-lighter and more-compliant structures with complex, nonlinear, dynamic behaviour that must be understood and controlled.

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

There are four overlapping themes within the Group’s activities:

  • nonlinear dynamics
  • experimental testing
  • vibration suppression
  • control

Through fundamental analysis and numerical simulation the Group provides tools to model and optimise structures.

Novel experimental techniques are developed to allow validation of numerical models and testing of structural components as if they were installed in a complete structure.

Vibration suppression devices are devised to modify their vibration behaviour and control strategies for altering the dynamics.

A further major activity within the Group, and in collaboration with the Fluids and Aerodynamics Group, is aeroelasticity, where the interaction of aerodynamic loads on aircraft and the resulting structural static and dynamic deflections are considered.

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