Advances in Vibration Measurements using Laser Dopper Vibrometry PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
6 years
Reference number:
Start date:
01 April 2019
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
10 September 2018



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Project detail

Laser Doppler vibrometers (LDVs) are now well-established as an effective non-contact alternative to traditional contacting vibration transducers. Despite 30 years of successful applications, however, very little attention has been given to sensitivity to vibration of the instrument itself or to the vibration of any beam steering optics that might be used to guide the probe laser beam to the location of interest. Recent research has established a theoretical basis for correction of affected measurements and this project will develop advanced but practical implementations based in this theory. The project offers the students an opportunity to gain broad expertise in vibration measurement and analysis, and an in-depth knowledge of the most exciting new technology for vibration measurement. Applications in structural health monitoring and MEMS serve to demonstrate LDV's applicability on structures of all sizes. Measurements on rotors, in hearing and in acoustics demonstrate its versatility. Very recent new developments have seen innovations in multi-component and multi-channel instruments. The outcomes of this project have the potential to benefit all of these applications.


Primary supervisor: Professor Steve Rothberg

Find out more

For further project details email Professor Steve Rothberg or register your interest and ask us a question.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in mechanical engineering or a related subject.

A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Vibration measurement and analysis.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: SRUF2018