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Vibration Engineering

Vibration Engineering

VSimulators is a key infrastructure research facility to support investigations into vibration serviceability, dynamic analysis, testing and monitoring of large scale civil engineering structures including bridges, buildings, lighthouses, grandstands and staircases.


Vibration serviceability is the study of the whole field of environmental vibration, both natural and induced, with consideration for the adverse consequences on humans and sensitive devices, such as machinery or medical devices. Research in vibration serviceability looks to frame our future built environment through study, experiment, research and the application of inter-disciplinary research, engaging tools such as in-situ experimentation, physical and computer based simulation of structures, and virtual reality based studies on the human experience within the built environment. The understanding of the interaction between humans with the built environment and infrastructure, is enabled through inter-disciplinary collaborations with specialists from structural dynamics and control, psychology, physiology, bio-mechanics, human comfort, architecture for well being and health.


Research in this sector can be supported by access to our academics in Vibration Engineering, Architecture & Civil Engineering, and Human Factors.


To find out more, watch the videos below or visit our Case Studies to explore how VSimulators will provide a unique research facility to help resolve vibration problems experienced by human occupants, asset owners, architects and the construction industry.


Research Funding Opportunities

Research funding is available under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, particularly within the Transforming Construction sector, with an increasing demand for innovation lead solutions to industry challenges.


Please contact us if you wish to discuss a research idea.

Antony Darby explores issues around human perception of their moving environment and the use of VSimulators for research.

Paul Reynolds discusses vibrations within structures and how VSimulators will explore the perceptible limits.

Chris Pembridge (WSP) talks about how VSimulators will support industry in mitigating for vibrations in structures.

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Dancing on the Sky Bridges at the National Gallery, Singapore

100 pedestrians danced to music by Daft Punk, Beastie Boys and Stardust whilst a research team from Full Scale Dynamics Ltd (FSDL) and the Vibration Engineering Section at University of Exeter evaluated the vibration serviceability of the two sky bridges crossing the atrium at the National Gallery in Singapore

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Studying Synchronisation In Pedestrians on Footbridges

Human-structure vibrations generated by pedestrians on structures, particularly footbridges, is an important area for civil engineers. Walking tests on a 110m long, single tower, cable-stayed footbridge in Exeter enabled researchers to study synchronisation amongst pedestrians on the bridge.

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Capella Biosciences Research Laboratory - Off Site Construction

A consultancy project with PCE Ltd ensured the Capella Biosciences Research Laboratory could be constructed off-site whilst still meeting stringent vibration control requirements

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