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Dr Tore Butlin


Tore Butlin

University Associate Professor

Academic Division: Mechanics, Materials and Design

Research group: Applied Mechanics

Telephone: +44 1223 7 65237


Research interests

The overall theme of my research is concerned with understanding and predicting the vibration response of complex structures that may be nonlinear and uncertain. Specific research interests include:

  • Vibration of complex structures with localised non-linearities
  • Sensitivity and uncertainty in complex structures
  • Friction-damped turbine blades
  • Turbine blade rotor / stator interaction
  • Dynamics and control of oilwell drills
  • Dynamic friction measurement and modelling
  • Friction-induced vibration

Strategic themes

Complex, resilient and intelligent systems

Nonlinearities in structural vibration problems are often poorly characterised. My research investigates methods for handling this uncertainty, both numerically and experimentally.

Other positions

  • Hugh Champion Fellow of Queens’ College


2015 - present: Lecturer in Dynamics and Vibration

2010 - 2015: RAEng / EPSRC Research Fellow, 'Modelling the vibration of complex structures with localised non-linearities'

2007 - 2010: Research Associate, 'Dynamics and Control of Oilwell Drilling'

2004 - 2007: PhD, 'Prediction and Sensitivity of Friction-Induced Vibration'