Michael I. Friswell

Swansea University, United Kingdom

Michael Friswell has a BA in Mathematics from Oxford University (1982), a PhD degree in vibration engineering from Aston University (1990) and a DSc from the University of Wales (2000). He has been the Sir George White Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Bristol University since 2002, and before that he was Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wales Swansea. He has been awarded an Advanced Research Fellowship from the Engineering and Physical Research Council (1996-2001), Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award (2002-2007) and a European Marie-Curie Excellent Grant Award (2005-2008). Michael Friswell has a rather eclectic mix of research interests, primarily involving structural dynamics although recently expanding to morphing aircraft. His long term and continuing interests include the improvement of finite element models using measured data, the identification of damage location and extent using model based algorithms, rotating machinery dynamics, model reduction methods, the modelling and analysis of structures with viscoelastic damping, the dynamics of non-linear systems, acoustic emission and active vibration control. Recent work on morphing aircraft includes various methods of introducing compliance into aircraft structures (aeroelastic tailoring, bistable structures, topology optimization), the design of novel control effectors, the flight control of morphing structures, and conceptual design aspects. The theme running throughout these topics is the modelling and analysis of dynamic structures and systems, and links both experimental data and numerical predictions. The research covers a wide range of traditional engineering disciplines, from civil to aeronautical engineering, and a wide range of topics within these disciplines.

Biography Updated on 18 October 2010

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