Professor Matthew Cartmell

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Personal statement

I completed my PhD in nonlinear structural dynamics at the University of Edinburgh in 1984 and then worked as a research fellow at Edinburgh after which I held a number of academic positions culminating in a senior lectureship at Edinburgh from 1994-1998, the chair of applied dynamics at the University of Glasgow from 1998-2006, the James Watt Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Glasgow from 2006-2012, the chair of nonlinear mechanics at the University of Sheffield from 2012-2016, and from 2016 onwards the chair of nonlinear dynamics at the University of Strathclyde. My interests are principally in the modelling of nonlinear dynamical systems, methods of approximate analytical solution to ODE based models, and application of the principles of nonlinear dynamics to problems in structural vibration, energy harvesting, flexible rotors, and momentum exchange space tethers. I am also very interested in novel propulsion concepts for spacecraft. In addition to this I am actively working on new ideas for the development of the topic of symbolic computational dynamics.  


I am educated to Ph.D. level (University of Edinburgh, 1984) and am a former Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


Stabilising high energy orbit oscillations by the utilisation of centrifugal effects for rotating-tyre-induced energy harvesting
Zhang Yunshun, Zheng Rencheng, Nakano Kimihiko, Cartmell Matthew P
Applied Physics Letters Vol 112 (2018)
Motorised momentum exchange space tethers : the dynamics of asymmetrical tethers and some recent new applications
Cartmell Matthew, Ganilova Olga, Lennon Eoin, Shuttleworth Gavin
International Conference on Engineering Vibration (2018)
Extending the functionality of a symbolic computational dynamic solver by using a novel term-tracking method
Motazedi Niloufar, Cartmell Matthew P, Rongong Jem
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science (2017)
Effects of model complexity on the torsional dynamic responses of a NREL 750 kW wind turbine drive-train
Al-Hamadani Haider, Cartmell Matthew, Long Hui
2016 International Conference on Planarization/CMP technology (2016)
Stabilisation of the high energy orbit for a nonlinear energy harvester with variable damping
Su Dongxu, Zheng Rencheng, Nakano Kimihiko, Cartmell Matthew P
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science Vol 230, pp. 2003-2012 (2016)
On the influence of nonlinearities on vibrational energy transduction under band-limited noise excitations
Nakano Kimihiko, Su Dongxu, Zheng Rencheng, Cartmell Matthew
13th International Conference on Motion and vibration Control & 12th International Conference on Recent Advances in Structural Dynamics

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I have taught all levels of mechanical engineering dynamics within the UK undergraduate curriculum and have also had experience of teaching differential equation theory within courses in engineering mathematics and of teaching some aspects of mechanical engineering design. I was the Director of Education in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering during session 2016/2017. I currently teach ME528 Control Systems Design

Research interests

I have a deep interest in the mathematical modelling of the dynamics of mechanical systems, with particular emphasis on theoretical oscillators, momentum exchange space tethers, mechanical vibration, and novel spacecraft propulsion systems.


Cross-disciplinary advanced Vibration Laboratory (£32K EPSRC Capital Award for ECRs, £11K Faculty of Engineering Strategic Research Funding)
Tubaldi, Enrico (Principal Investigator) Coraddu, Andrea (Principal Investigator) Jones, Catherine (Principal Investigator) Cartmell, Matthew (Principal Investigator)
Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is an emerging technology for damage identification of aerospace, civil and mechanical engineering infrastructure, with significant potential for life-safety and economic benefits. Vibration-based SHM entails measuring the response of structural systems to dynamic excitations through appropriate sensors, and intelligently analysing the measured response to identify damage occurrence or degradation. This project supports the development and build of a vibration laboratory (VibLab) across the Faculty of Engineering, a new inter-disciplinary facility for there is a strong need, but is currently missing at Strathclyde. The laboratory will benefit the short- and long-term career development plans of Early Career Researchers (ECRs), enhancing their capabilities in the field of SHM. It will also strengthen the connections across departments, and contribute to maximise external funding income and attract new industrial and academic partners. The facility is a joint initiative between the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Naval Architecture and Ocean and Marine Engineering.

£32K EPSRC Capital Award for ECRs, £11K Faculty of Engineering Strategic Research Funding, £20k total combined departmental funding.
The Stability of thermo-elastically controlled structures
Cartmell, Matthew (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2020

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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