Students from all over the UK attend structural vibrations summer school run by Vibration Engineering Section

Participants from academia and industry from all over the UK attended a week long structural vibrations residential summer school run by the Vibration Engineering Section (VES) and partners from the University of Liverpool, at the University of Exeter.

Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) BAYOMALAW grant the school attracted undergraduate and PHD students from University College London the Universities of Exeter, Oxford, Liverpool, Aberdeen and Warwick, as well as an industry visitor from WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff.


The course covered structures with single and multi-degrees of freedom, stochastic process and stochastic structural dynamics, power spectral density estimation, vibration testing and experimental modal analysis.

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As well as theoretical sessions, students carried out experimental modal analysis in the state of the art structures lab at the University of Exeter, which prepared them for a modal test of Baker Bridge at Sandy Park.

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Emma Hudson, Senior Consultant at Full Scale Dynamics Ltd, gave an industry talk to the group, presenting examples on her experimental work on structures such as sports stadia and lighthouses, as well as her work with ground borne vibrations.

The summer school culminated in group work, which took place in the Structures Lab.
James Brownjohn, who ran the school alongside Ivan Au from the University of Liverpool, said:

“With the increasing use lighter weight, more flexible materials in structures leading to more vibrations, which could be problematic in terms of safety and human perception and comfort, the ability to test and control such vibrations is becoming all the more crucial a skill for the structural engineers of the future.

“We would like to thank the EPSRC, whose funding has enabled us to run this course, which will have given the participants both an important theoretical grounding, and some practical experience in how to carry out these important tests.”