Prof. Paul Reynolds

reynoldsProfessor Paul Reynolds is a founding director of the Vibration Engineering Section. His current research interests are in the area of control of vibrations caused by human activities on civil engineering structures. To date his work in this area has focused primarily on the use of active vibration control (AVC) of human-induced vibrations in floor structures, which has been supported through a major EPSRC research grant (£616K) entitled “Active Control of Human-Induced Vibration” which commenced on 1st February 2010.

More recently Professor Reynolds was awarded a highly prestigious EPSRC Leadership Fellowship (£1,057k) entitled “Advanced Technologies for Mitigation of Human-Induced Vibration” which commenced on 1 October 2011. Throughout this 5 year fellowship Professor Reynolds will focus his efforts full-time into developing a range of advanced vibration mitigation technologies for human-induced vibration problems. This will include passive, active, semi-active and hybrid technologies suitable for the full spectrum of human-induced vibration problems ranging from single pedestrians on floors through to large crowds on sports stadia and large footbridges.

Professor Reynolds is also a regular consultant to industry in vibration serviceability and related areas, including dynamic testing and monitoring of a number of UK sports stadia and examining solutions to the London Millennium Bridge problem. He is also a Director of Full Scale Dynamics Limited, a University spin-off company that was established in 2008.

Activities and Distinctions

  • Awarded a prestigious 5-year EPSRC Leadership Fellowship from 1 October 2011, to focus research efforts in Advanced Technologies for Mitigation of Human-Induced Vibration.
  • Member of the College of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
  • Member of BSI technical committee GME 21/6/4, which produced the 2008 update of BS6472 entitled “Evaluation of Human Exposure to Vibration in Buildings”.
  • Vice-chair of NAFEMS Dynamics and Testing Working Group.
  • At large member of the Executive Board of the US Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM).
  • Associate Editor of Experimental Techniques and Experimental Mechanics journals.
  • Editor of feature series on testing and monitoring of civil structures in the journal Experimental Techniques.
  • Invited peer reviewer for numerous high quality international journals, including Journal of Sound and Vibration, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing and Engineering Structures.
  • Awarded the IStructE Sir Arnold Waters Medal for the 2003/2004 session for a presentation on “Dynamics of the Kingston Communications Stadium in Hull” given at an IStructE Evening Meeting in December 2003.

Selected Publications

  • HUDSON EJ, REYNOLDS P (2013) Implications of structural design on the effectiveness of active vibration control of floor structures, Structural Control and Health Monitoring.
  • DÍAZ I M, PEREIRA E, HUDSON M J and REYNOLDS P (2012) Enhancing Active Vibration Control of Pedestrian Structures using Inertial Actuators with Local Feedback Control, Engineering Structures, Vol. 41, February, pp. 157-166.
  • HUDSON M J and REYNOLDS P. (2012) Implementation Considerations for Active Vibration Control in the Design of Floor Structures, Engineering Structures, Vol. 44, November, pp. 334-358.
  • DÍAZ I M, PEREIRA E and REYNOLDS P. (2012) Integral Resonant Control Scheme for Cancelling Human-Induced Vibrations in Light-Weight Pedestrian Structures. Structural Control and Health Monitoring, Vol. 19, No. 1, February, pp. 55-69.
  • FERNÁNDEZ P, REYNOLDS P. and LÓPEZ-AENLLE M (2011) Scaling Mode Shapes in Output-Only Systems by a Consecutive Mass Change Method. Experimental Mechanics, Vol. 51, No. 6, July, pp. 995-1005.
  • JONES C.A., PAVIC A., REYNOLDS P. and HARRISON R.E. (2011) Verification of equivalent mass-spring-damper models for crowd-structure vibration response prediction. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering Structures, 38 (10), pp 1122-1135. ISSN 0141-0296.
  • DIAZ, I. M. and REYNOLDS, P. (2010) Acceleration feedback control of human-induced floor vibrations. Engineering Structures, Vol. 32, No. 1, January, pp. 163-173.
  • DIAZ, I. M. and REYNOLDS, P. (2009). Robust saturated control of human-induced floor vibrations via a proof-mass actuator. Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 18, No. 12, December, pp. 1-10.
  • NYAWAKO, D. S. and REYNOLDS, P. (2009) Response-dependent velocity feedback control for mitigation of human-induced floor vibrations. Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 18, No. 7, July.
  • All publications

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  • 2011-2016: Leadership Fellowship: Advanced Technologies for Mitigation of Human-Induced Vibration funded by EPSRC. Investigator: P Reynolds. Value: £1,056,999.
  • 2010-2011: Vibration Serviceability and Control of Civil Structures funded by EPSRC (Industrial Research Fellowship awarded via the University of Sheffield Knowledge Transfer Account). Investigator: P Reynolds. Value: £30,409.
  • 2010-2013: Active Control of Human-Induced Vibration funded by EPSRC. Investigators: P Reynolds, S Daley and J Wang. Value: £615,916.
  • 2009-2014: Platform Grant: Dynamic Performance of Large Civil Engineering Structures – An Integrated Approach to Management, Design and Assessment funded by EPSRC. Investigators: A Pavic, J M W Brownjohn, P Reynolds and M Petkovski. Value: £901,581.
  • 2009-2013: Active Control of Vibration in Floor Structures funded by EPSRC and WSP Buildings (EPSRC Industrial CASE). Investigator: P Reynolds. Value: £85,052.
  • 2007-2010: Human Walking and Running Forces: Novel Experimental Characterisation and Application in Civil Engineering Dynamics funded by EPSRC. Investigators: J M W Brownjohn, A Pavic and P Reynolds Value: £306,675.
  • 2004-2007: Dynamic Behaviour of Stadia Under Human Occupation and Excitation funded by EPSRC. Investigators: P Reynolds and A Pavic. Value: £323,318.
  • 2003-2006: Investigation of the As-Built Vibration Performance of System Built Floors funded by EPSRC. Investigators: A Pavic, P Reynolds and P Waldron. Value: £292,681.
  • 2001: Capture and Analysis of Vibration Data from an Unfinished Laboratory Floor funded by DETR Fast Track Scheme and Buro Happold Consulting Engineers. Investigators: A Pavic and P Reynolds. Value: £18,510.
  • 2001-2002: Remote Monitoring of Stadia Dynamics funded by EPSRC Fast Stream. Investigators: P Reynolds. Value:£62,084.
  • 2001-2003: Dynamic Crowd Loading on Flexible Stadium Structures funded by EPSRC. Investigators: A Pavic, P Reynolds, P Waldron (University of Sheffield) and J R Wright (University of Manchester). Sheffield share £109,740. Value:£299,318.
  • 2000: Emergency Research into Millennium Bridge Vibration Serviceability funded by Arup. Investigators: A Pavic and P Reynolds. Value:£71,685.

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