Computational Modelling Group

Seminar  6th April 2011 10 a.m.  University of Southampton, Building 13, Room 3017

Vibration Serviceability and Control of Civil Structures

Dr Paul Reynolds
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield

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Built Environment, Energy, Human environment interaction, Structural dynamics, Value-driven design
Petrina Butler

Dr Paul Reynolds

Dr Paul Reynolds

Reader in Vibration Engineering, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield

A recently commenced programme of research at the University of Sheffield is investigating the use of active vibration control (AVC) techniques for mitigation of human-induced loading in slender and lightweight floor structures. This work has demonstrated considerable potential to solve a problem that has outwitted structural engineers for the last 4 decades, with substantial reductions in response being measured on an lively floor in normal use. This work has also shown that AVC has the potential to be 'designed-in' to new buildings to increase their efficiency and hence reduce their carbon footprint.

This talk will give an overview of the AVC research currently under way at Sheffield and will present results of some of our most recent work. This work on control of floor vibrations will be framed in the wider context of control of human-induced vibrations in civil structures, where a range of technologies are required to deal with problems as diverse as crowds in sports stadia and footbridges, and individuals and groups of pedestrians on floors, footbridges and staircases.

All welcome to attend.


Susan Greenwood

Signal Processing and Control Group

Institute of Sound and Vibration Research

University of Southampton

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2289