Imperial College London

Dynamics Summer School brings together international PhD students


Summer school participants listening to a welcoming introduction from Professor Peter Cawley

Summer school participants listening to a welcoming introduction from Professor Peter Cawley

The 2018 Nonlinear Dynamics of Coupled Structures and Interfaces (NDCSI) Summer School is currently taking place in our department’s Dynamics group.

The event brings together a group of 18 international PhD students from 13 different EU and US universities to establish a collaborative research network and solve four challenging research questions in the field of nonlinear dynamics.

The summer school is being held in Europe for the first time, after four previous occurrences in the US. More than 70 research students have so far participated in the events, helping to establish new research collaborations, addressing challenging research questions, and leading to a range of publications.

This year’s summer school is collaboratively organised by Christoph Schwingshackl (Vibration UTC – Imperial College London) with the help of Matthew Brake (Rice University) and Malte Krack (Universität Stuttgart). A major financial contribution from Rolls-Royce Plc., support from Photron, Altair and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London, and a close collaboration with the EU-sponsored European Training Network EXPERTISE enabled the participation of 18 PhD students.

Over a period of six weeks, four research teams will be formed to tackle challenging research issues such as; 

  • the impact of wear on the dynamic joint behaviour,
  • a comparison of different numerical methods for fiction damping,
  • the development of full-field measurement system to study dynamic joint motion
  • the introduction of a realistic test case to predict joint dynamics.

The outcome of the research will be presented at a public mini-showcase event on the 9th August in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. For further information please contact Christoph Schwingshackl.


Nadia Barbu

Nadia Barbu
Department of Mechanical Engineering

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