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Dr Ya Huang

Senior Lecturer

Ya Huang


I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2009 to strengthen the department’s teaching and research in dynamics and vibration-related subjects. Before that, I enjoyed 18-month working as part of the the Blast and Impact Dynamics Group at Sheffield University. I obtained my doctorate degree in human responses to whole-body vibration in 2008 at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), University of Southampton.

Research Interests

My main research interest has been, through understanding force and motion experienced by the human body (biodynamics), vibration control during whole-body vibration (WBV) and repeated shocks seen in different modes of transport on land, in the air and at sea. These draw a focus on experimental and analytical methods for dynamic property of soft tissue, spine and nonlinear dynamic systems. I am interested in analytical and numerical modelling of the human body in resposne to abrupt motion, evaluation of WBV exposure, assessment and design of seating systems for multi-axis shocks, and structural vibration isolation with nonlinear motion transmission path. These have led to recent investigation into muskuloskeletal modelling of lifeboat crews, and autonomous surface vehicles that could potentially assist the search and rescue service.  

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