Projects per year
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.
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
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.
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.
Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Edinburgh
1 Oct 1981 → 30 Sep 1984
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
- Nonlinear Vibration
- Energy Harvesters
- Symbolic Computational Dynamics
VibLab: Cross-disciplinary advanced Vibration Laboratory (£32K EPSRC Capital Award for ECRs, £11K Faculty of Engineering Strategic Research Funding)
1/01/19 → …
Project: Equipment only › Equipment Only
1/06/17 → 31/12/20
Project: Research - Studentship › Research Studentship
Research Output per year
Motorised momentum exchange space tethers: the dynamics of asymmetrical tethers and some recent new applicationsCartmell, M., Ganilova, O., Lennon, E. & Shuttleworth, G., 2 Feb 2018, In : MATEC Web of Conferences. 148, 8 p., 01001.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Conference Contribution
Stabilising high energy orbit oscillations by the utilisation of centrifugal effects for rotating-tyre-induced energy harvestingZhang, Y., Zheng, R., Nakano, K. & Cartmell, M. P., 2 Apr 2018, In : Applied Physics Letters. 112, 14, 5 p., 143901.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article