Mike Blundell


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    Mike Blundell is well known for his work in vehicle dynamics and the use of multi-body systems (MBS) software. Prior to joining the University he worked for the ship and submarine design department of the Ministry of Defence and for Boeing (Europe). During the 1980s he was an early user of the multi-body systems ADAMS software while working for Tedas Ltd the original distributers of ADAMS in Europe. After joining Coventry University in 1991 he led their research in the vehicle dynamics area with a particular focus on tyre modelling and the efficient use of MBS software. Major projects have included a collaborative EPSRC/Airbus project looking into aircraft tyre modelling and a European 6th Framework project considering occupant safety in Helicopter crashes. Recent and current work has involved the Niche Vehicle Project, the Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project, European funded work modelling the protection of civil infrastructures from terrorist attacks and an EPSRC project looking at recyclable lightweight vehicle structures.

    Area of Expertise:

    • Vehicle Dynamics
    • Computer Simulation
    • Multibody Dynamics
    • Tyre Modelling
    • Occupant and Pedestrian Protection

    Research Interests

    Vehicle Crash Analysis; Helicopter Crash Simulation; Vehicle Dynamics and Safety; Pedestrian Impact Protection; Tyre Modelling and Behaviour; Low Carbon Vehicle Engineering; Vehicle Handling and Braking Computer Simulation

    Vision Statement

    My research focuses on the area of vehicle dynamics and safety working across both the automotive and aerospace sectors. A major focus is the use of computers simulation to create efficient design tools for complex problems such as airbag deployment, pedestrian impact, helicopter crash protection or representing the behaviour of automotive and aircraft tyres. Moving forward my research will focus on active safety and the drive towards total virtual prototypes.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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