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Research Associate in Dynamics and Control

University of Bristol

Bristol, United Kingdom

You will develop new modelling tools, working in close collaboration with both industrial partners and with researchers conducting experimental tests, who will provide essential information for model generation and validation. High quality numerical analysis will be a crucial part of the process of understanding the performance of fluid inerter based suppression devices. You will work on the development and experiment of two prototypes of fluid based inerters, identify optimal inerter-based vibration suppression devices for three case studies, road vehicles, tall buildings and railway vehicles using network synthesis theory and quantify the performance advantages of the fluid inerter combined suppression devices over the traditional ones.

Design and implementation of vibration suppression systems for mechanical structures is vital to ensure good performance in terms of comfort, noise and fatigue life. In the current drive for more flexible, lightweight and less resource-intensive structures, which tend to have more vibration issues, these suppression systems have become even more important. The inerter concept has fundamentally enhanced the range of dynamic properties that are theoretically achievable via passive vibration suppression systems. This project aims at realising this benefits in physical devices through the design and testing of fluid inerter based suppression systems.

You will have at least a first degree or equivalent qualification and preferably a PhD in Engineering and have good knowledge of network synthesis theory as well as the control theory, and experience of programming in MATLAB.

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