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. He was Professor of Machine Dynamics in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial and Director of the Imperial College based Rolls-Royce Vibration University Technology Centre. His main research interests are in nonlinear waves and vibrations, data and learning based approaches to complex nonlinear dynamics, and in highly efficient computing methods for physics and engineering.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Niedergesass B, Papangelo A, Grolet A, et al., 2021, Experimental observations of nonlinear vibration localization in a cyclic chain of weakly coupled nonlinear oscillators, Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol:497, ISSN:0022-460X

Stender M, Tiedemann M, Spieler D, et al., 2021, Deep learning for brake squeal: Brake noise detection, characterization and prediction, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, Vol:149, ISSN:0888-3270

Nitti A, Stender M, Hoffmann N, et al., 2021, Spatially localized vibrations in a rotor subjected to flutter, Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol:103, ISSN:0924-090X, Pages:309-325

Papangelo A, Putignano C, Hoffmann N, 2020, Self-excited vibrations due to viscoelastic interactions, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, Vol:144, ISSN:0888-3270

Klein M, Dudek M, Clauss GF, et al., 2020, On the Deterministic Prediction of Water Waves, Fluids, Vol:5

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

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

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