Dr S.D. Guest
Simon Guest is a Reader in Structural Mechanics, in the Structures
Group of the Department of
Engineering at the University
of Cambridge. His teaching is in structural mechanics, and
his research straddles the border between traditional structural
mechanics, and the study of mechanisms. He is also a fellow of Trinity Hall. He is
currently Head of Civil Engineering.
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My research straddles the border between traditional structural mechanics, and the study of mechanisms;
this academic area turns out to encompass many interesting technologies and provide many exciting and challenging problems. Much of my work is with the Advanced Structures Group.
The following pages
describe my work in a number of areas:
Morphing lattice structures
Morphing structures can change their shape to respond to or alter
their environment. Recently, there has been a great deal of interest
in using lattice structures as the microstructure of a new class
of morphing materials.
Many biological systems can be both structures and mechanisms; I've looked at
the cytoskeleton, the scaffolding of cells, some aspects of the shape of proteins, the structure of some viruses, and the use of biomimetics to generate novel structures.
Structures and mechanisms that are symmetric often have interesting properties
that depend on their symmetries.
I have looked at a particular class of bistable structure, split tubes with essentially the same geometry as a carpenter's tape. These tubes can be made bistable, either by altering the bending stiffnesses of the structure so that it is no longer isotropic, or by setting up an initial prestress in the structure.
Deployable Structures are structures which can be reduced in size
for transportation or storage, and then automatically deployed. Most
commonly, these structures are used in space.
In 2016-17 I am teaching a first year course in structural
mechanics, and a third year course on buckling and instability.
A list of my
- Department Address: University of Cambridge,
Department of Engineering,
Cambridge CB2 1PZ
- Telephone: +44 1223 3 32708
- Fax: +44 1223 3 32662
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