The first day was opened by host and Principal Investigator, Professor David Wagg who gave an overview of the project progress over the past year.
The Keynote Lecture, “Hidden responses in experimental structural systems”, was given by Steering Committee member, Professor Lawrie Virgin of Duke University.
The day then continued with presentations from each of the project’s academic partners on the significant developments made across the five thematic areas. These were: System Identification by Prof Keith Worden and Dr Pete Green of Sheffield University; Random Vibration by Prof Robin Langley and Dr Graham Spelman of Cambridge University; Nonlinear Modal Analysis and Testing by Professors Jonathan Cooper and Simon Neild and Dr Julian Londono of Bristol University; Bifurcation Analysis by Dr Thibaut Putelat of Bristol University and Prof Mike Friswell of Swansea University; and Active Control by Prof Steve Elliott and Dr Maryam Ghandchi-Tehrani of Southampton University.After a full day of presentations, attendees took time out to continue their debates and discussions in the more informal atmosphere of a nearby pub, The Stag’s Head. This was followed by a taste of the region with a special Yorkshire-themed dinner at the Kenwood Hall.
The second day began with a presentation from one of the project’s industrial partners, Ibrahim Server from Rolls-Royce.
Then it was the turn of PhD students and research assistants to take centre stage with poster presentations and elevator pitches. Two members of the Steering Committee, Sanjiv Sharma of Airbus, and Prof Jean-Claude Golinval of the University of Liege, judged the best poster competition. They were particularly impressed with the high-standard of all the entrants but it was Dr Mehdi Handijanizadeh’s poster, “Modeling an Energy Harvester with Cubic Load Resistance-Considering Internal Resistance”, which scooped the top prize of £50 of Amazon vouchers. Dr Ifigeneia Antoniadou claimed the runners-up position and took home a large bar of chocolate for her poster, “An Ontological Approach to Verification and Validation in Structural Dynamics.”
Daniel Smith, from the EPSRC, spoke about the council’s strategy and priorities for the year ahead and took part in a lively question and answer session. The morning, and the open part of the two-day meeting ended with a report on the project’s progress and plan overview from David Wagg.
The annual review concluded in the afternoon with two separate sessions for the Steering and Management Committees followed by a coming together for final discussions and feedback. The beautiful surroundings of Kenwood Hall provided a perfect backing to an excellent two days of lively discussion and insightful updates.