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 leading to a senior lectureship at Edinburgh from 1994-1998. From there I was appointed to 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 actively working on new ideas for the development of the topic of symbolic computational dynamics. I am actively involved in developing new experimental work for making fundamental measurements of gravitation.


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


The dynamics of an omnidirectional pendulum harvester
Sommermann Philipp, Cartmell Matthew P
Nonlinear Dynamics Vol 104, pp. 1889-1900 (2021)
Towards a high-performance Foucault pendulum for the measurement of relativistic gravity
Cartmell Matthew P, Lockerbie Nicholas A, Faller James E
NODYCON 2021 - Second International Nonlinear Dynamics Conference (2021)
Experimental investigation of the thermoelastic performance of an aerospace aluminium honeycomb composite panel
Ganilova Olga A, Cartmell Matthew P, Kiley Andrew
Composite Structures Vol 257 (2021)
On the modelling and testing of a laboratory scale Foucault pendulum as a precursor for the design of a high performance measurement instrument
Cartmell Matthew P, Faller James E, Lockerbie Nicholas A, Handous Eva
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A: Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences Vol 476 (2020)
Lense-Thirring Precession - Theoretical Narrative
Cartmell Matthew P
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)

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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 gravitational physics.


Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Stirrat, Sarah
Afsar, Mohammed (Principal Investigator) Cartmell, Matthew (Co-investigator) Stirrat, Sarah (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023
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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