Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


Dr Dan J O'Boy MEng, PhD

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Senior Lecturer in Structural Dynamics


  • Employment; Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, 1999 - 2001
  • Employment; Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, 2005-2008
  • Research Associate at Loughborough University, 2008-2012
  • Lecturer in Structural Dynamics at Loughborough University, 2012 - 2019
  • Senior Lecturer in Structural Dynamics at Loughborough University, 2019 - present


  • MEng(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering; University of Bristol 1999
  • PhD in Engineering; University of Cambridge 2005
  • CEng Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (2009-2019)

Outline of main research interests:

  • Tyre design for low vibration, noise and rolling resistance.
  • Tyre tread block vibration coupled to exterior sound generation.
  • Reduction of internal tyre cavity tones through modification to existing wheel designs.
  • Tyre / road interaction noise (including design of porous road surfaces).
  • Highly directional low frequency sound sources for compact warning devices.
  • Application of self-tuning passive resonators to exhaust designs for weight reduction.
  • Simulation of the dynamic instability of valve train components.
  • Novel damping methods for plate vibrations and acoustic attenuation.
  • Utrasonic wave propagation through inhomogeneous materials.
  • Vibration characteristics of multilayer materials.
  • Boundary element methods for acoustics.
  • Stability of vehicles on moving platforms.

Research groups:

  • Structural Dynamics and Acoustics

Current teaching responsibilities:

  • TTA001 Engineering Mechanics (first year students) which includes statics and resolving forces.
  • TTB207 Machine Elements (second year students). This includes work on failure of metal components due to fatigue.
  • TTC040 Noise control (third year students) includes conducting ISO362 noise tests at MIRA proving ground.
  • TTD007 Structural Vibration (fourth year students) which includes application of modal testing, experimental vibration measurements and characterisation
  • TTD003 Automotive Group Project
  • TTP302 Vehicle systems Analysis

External activities:

  • Reviewer for journal publications