Professor Mike Blundell
Professor 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.
- Vadalamudi, S., Blundell, M., and Zhang, Y. (2011) 'A multi-body systems approach to simulate helicopter occupant protection systems'. International Journal of Crashworthiness 16 (2), 207-218.
- Ramamurthy P., Blundell, M., Bastien C., and Zhang, Y. (2011) 'Computer Simulation of Real-World Vehicle-Pedestrian Impacts'. International Journal of Crashworthiness 16 (4), 351-363.
- Wood, G., Blundell, M., and Sharma, S. (2012) 'A Low Parameter Tyre Model for Aircraft Ground Dynamic Simulation'. Materials and Design 35, 820-832.
- Guo, H., Bastien, C., Blundell, M., and Wood, G. (2013) 'Development of a detailed aircraft tyre finite element model for safety assessment'. Materials and Design.
- Blundell, M.V., and Harty, D. (2004) The Multibody Systems Approach to Vehicle Dynamics. Oxford: Elsevier Science
- Mahangare, M., Trepess, D., Blundell, M., Freisinger, M., Hoffmann, J., and Smith, S. (2006) ‘A Methodology for the Simulation of an Out of Position Driver Airbag Deployment‘ International Journal of Crashworthiness 11 (6), 511-518.
- Blundell, M.V. (1999) 'The modelling and simulation of vehicle handling Part 1: analysis methods'. IMechE. Proceedings: Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics 213, 103-118.
- Blundell, M.V. (1999) 'The modelling and simulation of vehicle handling Part 2: vehicle modelling'. IMechE. Proceedings: Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics 213, 119-133.
- Blundell, M.V. (2000) 'The modelling and simulation of vehicle handling Part 3: tyre modelling'.IMechE. Proceedings: Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics 214, 1-32.
- Blundell, M.V. (2000) 'The modelling and simulation of vehicle handling part 4: handling simulation'. IMechE. Proceedings: Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics 214, 71-94.
- Blundell, M.V., and Harty, D. (2006) 'Intermediate tyre model for vehicle handling simulation'.IMechE. Proceedings: Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics 221 (K1), 41-62.
- Helisafe European FP6 Project: This project involved a consortium of European partners including Eurocopter investigating Helicopter crash safety and occupant protection
- Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project (LCVTP): This project involved a UK consortium of universities and companies investigating the development of new low carbon vehicle technologies
- AWM Niche Vehicle Programme: Coventry University were the lead academic partner with Cenex investigating low carbon vehicle technology in the niche vehicle industry
- TARF-LCV (Towards Affordable, Closed-Loop Recyclable Future Low Carbon Vehicle Structures): This project involves an EPSRC university consortium project looking at future low carbon vehicle body technologies
- EU JLS Modelling Infrastructure Protection from Materials to Devices (MIPMaDe): This European consortium project looked at developing materials and sensing technologies to protect the civil infrastructure from terrorist attack
- Aircraft Tyre Modelling: This EPSRC project was carried out with collaboration from Airbus and investigated developing computer models to simulate aircraft tyres