The Structural Dynamics group have identified two main research areas; bridges and railways. The research encompasses numerical modelling using the finite element method, extensive monitoring and measuring of response on existing structures and laboratory experiments.
Existing road and railway bridges, in addition to railway catenary systems, are investigated on site to obtain information on the dynamic response when the structures are exposed to environmental loading such as wind, waves and traffic. The data is then used for system or load identification, with the mail goal of improving the load models and increase our understanding of the behaviour of the systems. As the engineering challenges become more comprehensive and complex, there is a strong need of this validation and advancement of the calculation procedures.