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Dr James Talbot

Dr James Talbot

University Lecturer

Fellow & Director of Studies in Engineering, Peterhouse

James Talbot is interested in taking PhD students.

Cambridge University
Engineering Department
Trumpington Street
Cambridge
CB2 1PZ, UK

Office Phone: +44 1223 764099

Biography:

James Talbot graduated from Cambridge with a BA and MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering, having been a sponsored student with Westland Aerostructures.  He went on to spend two years with the engineering consultancy Atkins, before returning to the department to complete his PhD on the vibration isolation of buildings.  This was followed by his post-doctoral research within the EU project CONVURT on the control of noise and vibration from underground railways.  After CONVURT, Dr Talbot returned to Atkins where he spent a further nine years working primarily in the fields of vibration engineering and structural integrity.  His experience covers experimental work, theoretical analysis and design, from across a wide range of industries.

Dr Talbot returned to Cambridge in 2013 as a University Lecturer in the Structures Group of the Civil Engineering Division.  He was elected an Official Fellow of Peterhouse, where he is Director of Studies for first-year undergraduates in engineering.  He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of the Institute of Acoustics.

Research Interests

Dr Talbot’s research interests lie broadly within the field of Structural Dynamics.

Dynamic Measurements for Monitoring Structural Integrity  Current work is investigating strand-break detection in cables with the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction.

Base Isolation of Buildings  Dynamic models for the performance-based design of base-isolated buildings.  Work includes computationally efficient models (e.g. using boundary-element methods and periodic structure theory) for the analysis of wave propagation and soil-structure interaction, and power-flow approaches to assessing isolation performance.

Ground-borne Vibration  Analysis and control of ground-borne vibration and re-radiated noise from railways, roads and tunnelling operations.

Dynamic Measurements for Performance-based Design  Interests include the efficient design of offshore wind turbine structures.

High-performance Fibre Tethers for High-altitude Balloons

Key Publications

Talbot, J.P., 2013, Lift-Over Crossings as a Solution to Tram-generated Ground-borne Vibration and Re-radiated Noise, Proc. Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part F - Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, DOI: 10.1177/0954409713499015

Talbot, J.P and Hunt, H.E.M., 2009, On the Performance of Base-isolated Buildings and Isolation of Buildings from Rail-tunnel Vibration: a Review in Collected Papers in Building Acoustics: Sound Transmission, Gibbs, B. et al. (Eds), Multi-science. ISBN 978-1-907132-10-0

Talbot, J.P, 2007, Base Isolation of Buildings for Control of Ground-borne Vibration in Handbook of Noise and Vibration Control, Crocker, M.J. (Ed.), John Wiley and Sons, New York. ISBN 978-0-471-39599-7

Talbot, J.P. & Hunt, H.E.M., 2003, A computationally efficient piled-foundation model for studying the effects of ground-borne vibration on buildings, Proc. Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part C - Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Vol. 217, 975-989

Talbot, J.P. & Hunt, H.E.M., 2003, The effect of side-restraint bearings on the performance of base-isolated buildings, Proc. Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part C - Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Vol. 217, 849-859

Talbot, J.P. & Hunt, H.E.M., 2003, A generic model for evaluating the performance of base-isolated buildings, Journal of Low Frequency Noise, Vibration and Active Control, Vol. 22, No. 3, 149-160

Talbot, J.P. & Hunt, H.E.M., 2000, On the performance of base-isolated buildings, Building Acoustics, Vol. 7, No. 3, 163-178 (jointly awarded the John Winbolt prize, best civil-engineering-related journal paper, 2001)

Talbot, J.P. & Woodhouse, J., 1997, The vibration damping of laminated plates, Composites Part A - Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol. 28A, No.12, 1007-1012