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 FutureForge manipulator and an approximate analytical solution algorithm for its nonlinear dynamics
Johnston Daniel, Cartmell Matthew, Wynne Bradley, Pakrashi Vikram, Kovacic Ivana
10th European Nonlinear Dynamics Conference, pp. 774-783 (2022)
Application of a dynamic thermoelastic coupled model for an aerospace aluminium composite panel
Ganilova Olga A, Cartmell Matthew P, Kiley Andrew
Composite Structures Vol 288 (2022)
A numerical study of orbit correction for an asymmetrical motorised momentum exchange tether
Downie Jenna L, Cartmell Matthew P
AIAA - ASCEND (2021)
On the terrestrial measurement of frame-dragging
Cartmell Matthew
2nd Conference on Nonlinearity (2021)
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)

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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.


Symbolic Computation for Differential Equation Based Systems
Cartmell, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Minisci, Edmondo (Co-investigator) Wynne, Bradley (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2026
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Downie, Jenna
Cartmell, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Minisci, Edmondo (Co-investigator) Downie, Jenna (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2026
Multi-functional nonlinear tuned vibration energy harvester for intelligent rotating systems International Exchanges 2021 Cost Share (NSFC)
Yuan, Jie (Principal Investigator) Cartmell, Matthew (Research Co-investigator) Vasile, Massimiliano (Research Co-investigator)
31-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2024
Terrestrial measurement of frame-dragging
Cartmell, Matthew (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 28-Jan-2023
CORES - COllaborative REcycling of SPS
Vasile, Massimiliano (Principal Investigator) Cartmell, Matthew (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Stirrat, Sarah
Koshuriyan, Mohammad Zamir (Principal Investigator) Minisci, Edmondo (Principal Investigator) Capobianchi, Paolo (Co-investigator) Cartmell, Matthew (Co-investigator) Stirrat, Sarah (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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