Imperial College London

Professor Norbert Hoffmann

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Visiting Professor







557City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Norbert holds degrees in Physics, Mechanical Engineering and Economics from the Universities Erlangen-Nürnberg, Bayreuth, Stuttgart and Hagen. He worked in Industry before joining Hamburg University of Technology as Professor of Structural Dynamics. He also was Professor of Machine Dynamics in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial and Director of the Rolls-Royce Vibration University Technology Centre. His main research interests are in nonlinear waves and vibrations, data and learning based approaches to complex dynamics, and in novel approaches to highly efficient computing methods.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Chabchoub A, Mozumi K, Hoffmann N, et al., 2019, Directional soliton and breather beams, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:116, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:9759-9763

Fontanela F, Grolet A, Salles L, et al., 2019, Dissipative solitons in forced cyclic and symmetric structures, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, Vol:117, ISSN:0888-3270, Pages:280-292

Koellisch N, Behrendt J, Klein M, et al., 2018, Nonlinear real time prediction of ocean surface waves, Ocean Engineering, Vol:157, ISSN:0029-8018, Pages:387-400

Tsitoura F, Gietz U, Chabchoub A, et al., 2018, Phase domain walls in weakly nonlinear deep water surface gravity waves, Physical Review Letters, Vol:120, ISSN:0031-9007

Hadjihoseini A, Lind PG, Mori N, et al., 2018, Rogue waves and entropy consumption, Epl, Vol:120, ISSN:1286-4854

Fontanela F, Grolet A, Salles L, et al., 2018, Dark solitons, modulation instability and breathers in a chain of weakly nonlinear oscillators with cyclic symmetry, Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol:413, ISSN:0022-460X, Pages:467-481

Papangelo A, Hoffmann N, Grolet A, et al., 2017, Multiple spatially localized dynamical states in friction-excited oscillator chains, Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol:417, ISSN:0022-460X, Pages:56-64

Papangelo A, Hoffmann N, Ciavarella M, 2017, Load-separation curves for the contact of self-affine rough surfaces., Scientific Reports, Vol:7, ISSN:2045-2322

Salles L, Staples B, Hoffmann N, et al., 2016, Continuation techniques for analysis of whole aeroengine dynamics with imperfect bifurcations and isolated solutions, Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol:86, ISSN:0924-090X, Pages:1897-1911

Kruse S, Tiedemann M, Zeumer B, et al., 2015, The influence of joints on friction induced vibration in brake squeal (vol 340, pg 239, 2014), Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol:351, ISSN:0022-460X, Pages:311-312

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