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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.

Teaching Interests

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

Industrial Relevance

I am interested in applying my theoretical understanding of engineering dynamics to industrial problems and I welcome enquiries from industry.

Academic / Professional qualifications

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

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.  

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Edinburgh

1 Oct 198130 Sep 1984

External positions

Member of Technical Committee on Space Tethers, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

External Examiner In Mechanical Engineering, The University of Edinburgh

Research Fellow at the University of Tokyo, University of Tokyo


  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Space Tethers
  • Spacecraft Propulsion
  • Oscillators
  • Nonlinear Vibration
  • Energy Harvesters
  • Rotordynamics
  • Symbolic Computational Dynamics

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Equations of motion Engineering & Materials Science
Tetherlines Engineering & Materials Science
Momentum Engineering & Materials Science
vibration Physics & Astronomy
Energy harvesting Engineering & Materials Science
Orbits Engineering & Materials Science
Shape memory effect Engineering & Materials Science
Damping Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2017 2020

Research Output 1984 2018

Motorised momentum exchange space tethers: the dynamics of asymmetrical tethers and some recent new applications

Cartmell, M., Ganilova, O., Lennon, E. & Shuttleworth, G., 2 Feb 2018, In : MATEC Web of Conferences. 148, 8 p., 01001.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference Contribution

Open Access
Space tethers
Spacecraft propulsion
Conceptual design
5 Citations (Scopus)

Stabilising high energy orbit oscillations by the utilisation of centrifugal effects for rotating-tyre-induced energy harvesting

Zhang, Y., Zheng, R., Nakano, K. & Cartmell, M. P., 2 Apr 2018, In : Applied Physics Letters. 112, 14, 5 p., 143901.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Energy harvesting