Dr Philippe Duffour

Dr Philippe Duffour

Senior Lecturer

Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2005

Research summary

Background in
Vibration, friction, friction-induced vibration, brake noise. Accurate modelling of friction-induced vibration in simplified systems such as pin-on-disc rigs. Interaction between dynamics and tribology.
Non-destructive testing, crack detection. Vibro-acoustic modulation for NDT purposes. Heat generation from fatigue cracks in vibrating structures. Physical modelling and application to NDT. Interaction with damping measurements and damping modelling.

Research in
Adaptive building. EngD Project with Expedition Engineering. Investigating the potential of adaptive building concept for improved design and (environmental) performance of buildings (EngD with Expedition Engineering)

Performance and design of solar therman chimmney. Potential of fabric structures for extremely tall chimneys. (EngD with Lindstrandt Technologies Ldt)

Prediction of Railway Noise. Radiation from elevated structures and groundborne transmission (RAE Industrial Secondment with Arup).

Energy Dissipating Devices for Earthquake Engineering. In particular Tuned-mass Dampers, Viscous Dampers and Base Isolation Systems (Collaboration with TARRC and Taylor Devices Ltd)

Engineering Ethics. Ethics Teaching to Engineers. Relationship between Engineers and Society. Engineering Responsibility.

Teaching summary

Introduction to Computer Programming using Matlab (2nd year UG, Module Coordinator)
Structural Analysis (2nd year UG, Module Coordinator)

Noise Pollution (2nd year UG, contribution to Environmental Pollution)

Contructionarium (2nd Year UG. Contributor)
Structural Analysis III (3rd year UG, Contributor)
Structural Dynamics (MEng/MSc, Module Coordinator)


University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2002
University of Cambridge
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Postgraduate Certificate | 1998
Universite Claude Bernard (Lyon 1)
First Degree, Licence | 1996


Philippe Duffour has a background in engineering and maths (Ecole Centrale de Lyon), specialising in Structural Dynamics and Vibration for his PhD from Cambridge University. Before joining UCL as a lecturer in 2005, he was a research associate in non-destructive testing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. He is co-director of UCLs EngD in Urban Sustainability and Resilience and also the Departmental Graduate Tutor (Research). On secondment to Arup in 2007 he developed an efficient numerical tool for rapid prediction of railway noise from elevated structures. 
He is also part of a group of CEGE academics and researchers who are interested in philosophy of engineering and engineering ethics in particular in relation to the long term responsibility of engineers towards society.