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Professor Simon Guest

Professor Simon Guest

Head of Civil Engineering

Professor in Structural Mechanics

Simon Guest is accepting applications for PhD students.

Cambridge University
Engineering Department
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1PZ

Office Phone: +44 1223 332708


Simon Guest is Head of Civil Engineering and Professor of Structural Mechanics. 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.

Key Publications

Schenk, M., Guest, S.D. and McShane, G.J. (2014) "Novel stacked folded cores for blast-resistant sandwich panels", International Journal of Solids and Structures 51(25-26) 4196-4214. pdf preprint / doi: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2014.07.027

Schenk, M., and Guest, S.D. (2014) "On zero stiffness", Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science 228(10) 1701-1714. pdf preprint / doi: 10.1177/0954406213511903

Schenk, M., Viquerat, A.D., Seffen, K.A. and Guest, S.D. (2014) "Review of Inflatable Booms for Deployable Space Structures: Packing and Rigidization", Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 51(3) 762-778. pdf preprint / doi: 10.2514/1.A32598

Schenk, M. and Guest, S.D. (2013) "Geometry of Miura-folded metamaterials", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110 (9): 3276–3281. 10.1073/pnas.1217998110

Guest, S.D., Kebadze, E. and Pellegrino, S. (2011) "A zero-stiffness elastic shell structure", Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures, 6(1-4): 203-212 pdf reprint / doi: 10.2140/jomms.2011.6.203

Kapko, V., Treacy, M.M.J., Thorpe, M.F., Guest, S.D. (2009) "On the Collapse of Locally Isostatic Networks", Proceedings of the Royal Society: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences, 465, 3517-3530. pdf preprint / doi: 10.1098/rspa.2009.0307

Connelly, R., Fowler, P.W., Guest, S.D., Schulze, B. and Whiteley, W.J. (2009) "When is a pin-jointed framework isostatic?", International Journal of Solids and Structures, 46, 762-773. pdf preprint / arXiv:0803.2325 / doi:10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2008.09.023

Guest, S.D. and Pellegrino, S. (2006), "Analytical models for bistable cylindrical shells", Proceedings of the Royal Society: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences. 462(2067), 839-854. pdf reprint / doi:10.1098/rspa.2005.1598

Guest, S.D. (2006), "The stiffness of prestressed frameworks: a unifying approach." International Journal of Solids and Structures. 43(3-4), 842-854. pdf preprint / doi:10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2005.03.008

Guest, S.D. and Fowler, P.W. (2005), "A symmetry-extended mobility rule." Mechanism and Machine Theory. 40, 1002-1014. pdf preprint / doi:10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2004.12.017

Kebadze, E., Guest, S.D. and Pellegrino, S. (2004), "Bistable prestressed shell structures." International Journal of Solids and Structures. 41(11-12), 2801-2820. doi:10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2004.01.028

Guest, S.D. and Hutchinson, J.W. (2003), "On the determinacy of repetitive structures." Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 51(3), 383-391. doi:10.1016/S0022-5096(02)00107-2

Fowler, P.W. and Guest, S.D. (2000). "A Symmetry Extension of Maxwell's Rule for Rigidity of Frames" International Journal of Solids and Structures 37, 1793-1804. doi:10.1016/S0020-7683(98)00326-6

Kangwai, R.D. and Guest, S.D. (1999). "Detection of Finite Mechanisms in Symmetric Structures." International Journal of Solids and Structures 36, 5507-5527. doi:10.1016/S0020-7683(98)00234-0