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Department of Engineering

Prof. Jim Woodhouse


Jim Woodhouse

Emeritus Staff

Academic Division: Mechanics, Materials and Design

Research group: Applied Mechanics


Personal website

Research interests

Professor Woodhouse's research interests include:

  • Mechanics of musical instruments (see the e-book at
  • Brake squeal and other frictionally-excited vibration
  • Vibration of complex structures
  • Identification and modelling of vibration damping

Research opportunities

I am retired now, so I am not able to take on any new PhD students, post-docs or visitors


After a first degree in mathematics at Cambridge, Jim Woodhouse did a PhD on the acoustics of the violin, in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge (this work being inspired by a hobby interest in building instruments). He then worked for the engineering consultancy firm Topexpress for a few years, on a variety of problems in structural vibration, before joining the Engineering Department of the University in 1985. His research interests all involve vibration, and musical instruments have continued to form a major part.