Control of Human-Induced Vibrations: An Integrated Approach to Vibration Serviceability Design


The civil engineering structures of tomorrow will be lighter and more slender than ever before. This is an inexorable trend resulting from architectural desires and the need for future society to use raw materials in an ever more sustainable way. Unfortunately, history has shown us that light and slender civil engineering structures can be highly susceptible to vibrations caused by human activities. Fixing these problems can prove to be extremely difficult, expensive and disruptive and often involves significant structural modifications.

This talk presents some of the recent advances in the development of advanced vibration control technologies to reduce the adverse effects of human dynamic loading on structures. These technologies have the capacity not only to fix problems when they occur, but may serve to drive a new generation of high performance, efficient and sustainable civil engineering structures by incorporating vibration control technologies into their fundamental vibration serviceability design

About the speaker

Paul Reynolds is Professor of Structural Dynamics and Control Group in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at University of Exeter. He is also a founding director of the Vibration Engineering Section. His current research interests are in the area of control of vibrations caused by human activities on civil engineering structures, which have been supported by major research and fellowship grants from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Professor Reynolds is also a regular consultant to industry in vibration serviceability and related areas, including dynamic testing and monitoring of a number of UK sports stadia, examining solutions to the London Millennium Bridge problem and developing the world’s first active vibration control system for a large concert venue in the USA. He is also a Director of Full Scale Dynamics Limited, a University spin-off company that was established in 2008.


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Event Details

Event Date 11/03/2020 6:30 pm
Event End Date 11/03/2020 8:00 pm
Location ARUP London

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