Professor of Dynamics, University of Nottingham

Graduated in 1984 from University College Dublin with a 1st Class Hons Degree in Mech. Eng. Worked for GEC Large Electrical Machines Ltd., Rugby from 1984-1990. Then joined Aston University as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. By 1998, I was promoted to Reader in Mechanical Engineering. I left Aston University to join Nottingham University in 2000 as Professor of Dynamics.

Research:

Rotordynamics in general and the rotordynamics of machines with laminated rotors in particular. Robust balancing for high performance (high power density) rotors. Modelling the coupled dynamics of electro-mechanical systems - electrical machines in particular. Monochromatic power transmission taking advantage of some fundamental properties of certain two-degree of freedom dynamic systems.

Also an area of mathematics called "Structure Preserving Transformations" and recently I have developed a strong interest in "Integrated Compressed Air Energy Solutions" whereby renewable sources (wind/wave/tidal) are used to compress air directly and this is subsequently expanded for generation.

Past Research:
Vibration in large electrical machines: The electromagnetic dynamics of windings of large electrical machines: Control of multiple independent drives for high-performance machines: Composite system assembly (i.e. dynamic substructuring). High Specific Load Capacity Magnetic Bearings. Noise and Vibration in Electrical Machines.

Future Research:
Extending the application of the Structure Preserving Transformations to machine vibration control and towards final applications in matrix polynomial eigenvalue problems: Further development of the ICAES (compressed-air energy from renewables) ideas. Further work on balancing and on modelling complex electromechanical systems.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Dynamics, University of Nottingham