Dr Andrew Elliott
Reader in Vibro-Acoustics & Experimental Methods
I studied Physics with Acoustics at the University of Salford followed by a Masters in Combustion and Energy at the University of Leeds before returning to Salford to study for a PhD. During this same period, I worked as a mechanic which has given me an unusual balance between theory, applied science and a good understanding of complex machines. I am now a researcher in the Acoustic Research Centre’s commercial unit as an advisor to Industry, standards organisations and governmental bodies.
I currently teach courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students on Automotive Noise Vibration and Harshness. I also supervise student dissertations at all levels in the area of vibro-acoustics, structure borne noise and experimental methods in acoustics.
Following on from the PhD my main research areas have been structure borne noise and experimental methods in acoustics. For example, the ‘blocked force method’, developed during my PhD now forms the basis of the international standard BS ISO 20270:2019 and the work has led to multiple national and international projects with industry seeking to implement the method (e.g. in the automotive, aerospace, domestic appliance and defence sectors). Since my PhD I have also taken a keen interest in acoustic materials, metamaterials and metasurfaces including research into the application of graded index materials for sound absorption/blast protection and multiscale adsorptive materials for enhanced air spring compliance (a novel patented technology now employed in automotive suspension systems). More recently I have begun to develop novel methods for the condition monitoring of electrical equipment and for the measurement of temperature using acoustic resonators. I also have an interest in musical acoustics (guitars in particular) and would be happy to supervise research in any of the above areas.
Qualifications and Memberships
- PhD: Characterisation of Structure Borne Sound Sources (Salford, 2009)
- MSc: Combustion and Energy (Leeds, 2002)
- BSc: Physics with Acoustics (Salford, 2001)
IOA Young Persons Award for Innovation in Acoustics (Institute of Acoustics, United Kingdom, October 2015).
Acoustics and Noise Consultants Awards 2015 (ANC, United Kingdom, June 2015).
Memberships and Associations:
- British Standards Institution (United Kingdom, May 2017).
- Reviewer - Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing
- Reviewer - Nature Scientific Reports
- Reviewer - Applied Acoustics
- Reviewer - Acta Acustica
I have published 14 articles in peer-reviewed journals and over 30 papers at international conferences. I also have 3 patents granted including a novel air spring technology which resulted in the formation of the University spin out company Carbon Air Ltd. Downloadable links to many of my publications can be found here:
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