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An ICT-enhanced methodology for the characterization of vernacular built heritage at a regional scale (2024)
Journal Article
Arias Tapiero, J. C., Graus, S., Khei, S., Silva, D., Conde, O., Ferreira, T. M., …Vasconcelos, G. (in press). An ICT-enhanced methodology for the characterization of vernacular built heritage at a regional scale. International Journal of Architectural Heritage, https://doi.org/10.1080/15583058.2024.2320862

The characterization of vernacular buildings is crucial for understanding the historical, social, and cultural significance of a community. These buildings reflect a collective memory and result from a long adaptation process to the local environment... Read More about An ICT-enhanced methodology for the characterization of vernacular built heritage at a regional scale.

Factory digital twinning with model driven engineering methodology (2023)
Presentation / Conference
Zaidi, Y., & Sahu, S. (2023, December). Factory digital twinning with model driven engineering methodology. Presented at Model Driven Engineering Network (MDENet) Annual Symposium 2023, London

In the contemporary landscape of industrial manufacturing, the concept of a digital twin has emerged as a tool bridging the gap between physical systems and their virtual counterparts. The main aim of this project was to delve into the concept, givin... Read More about Factory digital twinning with model driven engineering methodology.

An iterative numerical approach to evaluate the variable friction coefficient of steel AMS5643 using ring compression tests (2023)
Journal Article
Hatherell, J., Marmier, A., Dennis, G., Curry, W., Denis, G., & Matthews, J. (2024). An iterative numerical approach to evaluate the variable friction coefficient of steel AMS5643 using ring compression tests. Tribology Transactions, 67(1), 15-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/10402004.2023.2284347

The coefficient of friction is an important variable that must be defined to allow the accurate prediction of the forming geometry and stresses involved in metal forming processes. Literature reports have shown that the coefficient of friction does n... Read More about An iterative numerical approach to evaluate the variable friction coefficient of steel AMS5643 using ring compression tests.

Assessment of critical parameters affecting the behaviour of bearing reinforced concrete walls under fire exposure (2023)
Journal Article
Assad, M., Hawileh, R., Karaki, G., Abdalla, J., & Naser, M. Z. (in press). Assessment of critical parameters affecting the behaviour of bearing reinforced concrete walls under fire exposure. Journal of Structural Fire Engineering, https://doi.org/10.1108/JSFE-07-2023-0029

Purpose: This research paper aims to investigate reinforced concrete (RC) walls' behaviour under fire and identify the thermal and mechanical factors that affect their performance. Design/methodology/approach: A three-dimensional (3D) finite element... Read More about Assessment of critical parameters affecting the behaviour of bearing reinforced concrete walls under fire exposure.

A methodology to support robotic polishing of moulds integrated with CAD/CAM (2023)
Journal Article
Wang, K., Ding, L., Dailami, F., & Matthews, J. (in press). A methodology to support robotic polishing of moulds integrated with CAD/CAM. Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Systems, https://doi.org/10.1142/S021968672450015X

Typically, the final process in the manufacture of molds is mechanical polishing, a process predominantly conducted manually. This is an important process step to improve the surface quality of the mold without affecting the geometry of the cavity. C... Read More about A methodology to support robotic polishing of moulds integrated with CAD/CAM.

Adaptive sliding mode attitude control of 2-degrees-of-freedom helicopter system with actuator saturation and disturbances (2023)
Journal Article
Li, R., Lei, C., Shi, B., Zhu, Q., & Yue, X. (in press). Adaptive sliding mode attitude control of 2-degrees-of-freedom helicopter system with actuator saturation and disturbances. Journal of Vibration and Control, https://doi.org/10.1177/10775463231212530

The modelling uncertainties, external disturbance and actuator saturation issues will degrade the performance and even the safety of flight. To improve control performance, this study proposes an adaptive U-model based double sliding control (UDSMC)... Read More about Adaptive sliding mode attitude control of 2-degrees-of-freedom helicopter system with actuator saturation and disturbances.

Assessing the spatiotemporal impact of users’ exposure and vulnerability to flood risk in urban built environments (2023)
Journal Article
Bernardini, G., Ferreira, T. M., Baquedano Julià, P., Ramírez Eudave, R., & Quagliarini, E. (2024). Assessing the spatiotemporal impact of users’ exposure and vulnerability to flood risk in urban built environments. Sustainable Cities and Society, 100, Article 105043. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2023.105043

Flood risk in an urban built environment depends on the combination of the hazard, the vulnerability of the built environment itself and its infrastructure (referred to as physical vulnerability), and the exposure and vulnerability... Read More about Assessing the spatiotemporal impact of users’ exposure and vulnerability to flood risk in urban built environments.

Non-contact characterisation of piezoelectric materials (2023)
Presentation / Conference
Alexandrou, A., Fotouhi, S., Nelson, J., & Cochran, S. (2023, November). Non-contact characterisation of piezoelectric materials. Poster presented at Electroceramics for End Users XII (ECEUXII), Glagow, UK

Piezoelectric materials play a key role in various technological applications owing to their unique elastic-piezoelectric-dielectric (EPD) properties, often represented in matrix form. Traditional methods for obtaining these properties, as defined by... Read More about Non-contact characterisation of piezoelectric materials.

Model-free robust decentralised control of multi-input-multi-output nonlinear interconnected dynamic systems (2023)
Journal Article
Zhu, Q., Li, R., Zhang, J., & Shi, B. (in press). Model-free robust decentralised control of multi-input-multi-output nonlinear interconnected dynamic systems. Journal of Vibration and Control, https://doi.org/10.1177/10775463231206601

This study presents a generalised framework for model-free robust decentralised control (MFRDC) of interconnected MIMO dynamic systems, with the goal of significantly reducing complexity in model-based design. A model-free robust sliding mode control... Read More about Model-free robust decentralised control of multi-input-multi-output nonlinear interconnected dynamic systems.

Quantifying the microstructural and biomechanical changes in the porcine ventricles during growth and remodelling (2023)
Journal Article
Ahmad, F., Soe, S., Albon, J., Errington, R., & Theobald, P. (2023). Quantifying the microstructural and biomechanical changes in the porcine ventricles during growth and remodelling. Acta Biomaterialia, 171, 166-192. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actbio.2023.09.044

Cardiac tissue growth and remodelling (G & R) occur in response to the changing physiological demands of the heart after birth. The early shift to pulmonary circulation produces an immediate increase in ventricular workload, causing microstructural a... Read More about Quantifying the microstructural and biomechanical changes in the porcine ventricles during growth and remodelling.

A simplified approach to estimate seismic vulnerability and damage scenarios including site effects. Application to the historical centre of Horta, Azores, Portugal (2023)
Journal Article
Chieffo, N., Ferreira, T. M., da Silva Vicente, R., Lourenço, P. B., & Formisano, A. (in press). A simplified approach to estimate seismic vulnerability and damage scenarios including site effects. Application to the historical centre of Horta, Azores, Portugal. Journal of Earthquake Engineering, https://doi.org/10.1080/13632469.2023.2254399

The research attempts to provide a method for evaluating the susceptibility of heritage buildings and potential damage considering local site effects, using as a case study an urban sector situated in Horta, Faial, Azores, Portugal. The physical vuln... Read More about A simplified approach to estimate seismic vulnerability and damage scenarios including site effects. Application to the historical centre of Horta, Azores, Portugal.

Wedged Gurney Flap for performance improvement of vertical axis wind turbines (2023)
Presentation / Conference
Perdana Syawitri, T., Yao, Y., Yao, J., Chandra, B., & Kultsum, U. (2023, August). Wedged Gurney Flap for performance improvement of vertical axis wind turbines. Paper presented at The 6th International Conference on Mechanical Engineering, ICOME 2023, Bali, Indonesia

The study evaluates the wedged Gurney Flap (GF) on a three-straight-bladed Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations. The analysis considers the rotating effect of the blades at three different Tip Speed R... Read More about Wedged Gurney Flap for performance improvement of vertical axis wind turbines.

Optimisation of an elastomeric pre-buckled honeycomb helmet liner for advanced impact mitigation (2023)
Journal Article
Adams, R., Soe, S., & Theobald, P. (2023). Optimisation of an elastomeric pre-buckled honeycomb helmet liner for advanced impact mitigation. Smart Materials and Structures, 32(9), Article 095012. https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-665x/ace94b

Advances in computational modelling now offer an efficient route to developing novel helmet liners that could exceed contemporary materials’ performance. Furthermore, the rise of accessible additive manufacturing presents a viable route to achieving... Read More about Optimisation of an elastomeric pre-buckled honeycomb helmet liner for advanced impact mitigation.

Performance analysis of frictional inerter-based vibration isolators (2023)
Journal Article
Chao, C., Shi, B., Dai, W., & Yang, J. (2023). Performance analysis of frictional inerter-based vibration isolators. Journal of Vibration Engineering & Technologies, 11, 2793–2817. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42417-023-01051-y

Purpose: This study aims to gain an in-depth understanding of the effect of the inherent dry friction of inerter devices on the performance of non-linear frictional inerter-based vibration isolation system (NFI-VIS). Methods: The power flow analysis... Read More about Performance analysis of frictional inerter-based vibration isolators.

Exploring the potential for a FEA-based design of experiments to develop design tools for bulk-metal joining processes (2023)
Conference Proceeding
Hatherell, J., Marmier, A., Dennis, G., Curry, W., & Matthews, J. (2023). Exploring the potential for a FEA-based design of experiments to develop design tools for bulk-metal joining processes. In Proceedings of the Design Society (1815-1824). https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2023.182

Over the last 20 years, finite element analysis (FEA) has become a standard analysis tool for metal joining processes. When FEA tools are combined with design of experiments (DOE) methodologies, academic research has shown the potential for virtual D... Read More about Exploring the potential for a FEA-based design of experiments to develop design tools for bulk-metal joining processes.

Performance enhancement by exploiting geometrical nonlinearity of inerters in a two-stage vibration isolator (2023)
Journal Article
Dai, W., Shi, B., Li, T., Zhu, X., & Yang, J. (2023). Performance enhancement by exploiting geometrical nonlinearity of inerters in a two-stage vibration isolator. International Journal of Applied Mechanics, 15(6), Article 2350045. https://doi.org/10.1142/S175882512350045X

This research proposes a two-stage vibration isolation system (TS-VIS) exploiting geometrical nonlinearity by inerters for performance enhancement. Lateral inerters are added to upper and lower stages creating geometric nonlinearity. The transmissibi... Read More about Performance enhancement by exploiting geometrical nonlinearity of inerters in a two-stage vibration isolator.

Numerical shape, thickness and stacking sequence optimisation and experimental study of hybrid composite plates under in-plane shear loading (2023)
Journal Article
Damghani, M., Matthews, J., Murphy, A., & Featherston, C. (2023). Numerical shape, thickness and stacking sequence optimisation and experimental study of hybrid composite plates under in-plane shear loading. Structures, 51, 372-390. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.istruc.2023.03.066

Shape, thickness and stacking sequence optimisation of a damage tolerant hybrid (GFRP-CFRP) composite laminate is performed using the commercial Optistruct solver. The results of the optimisation study are compared to both a benchmark non-damage tole... Read More about Numerical shape, thickness and stacking sequence optimisation and experimental study of hybrid composite plates under in-plane shear loading.