Nonlinear dynamics of engineering systems

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Nonlinearities are ever-present in various engineering problems and play a crucial role in the analysis, design, and control of engineering systems as they can drastically change the dominant dynamical response. Whilst nonlinear phenomena have traditionally been overlooked and associated with unexpected or undesired behaviour, recent advances in nonlinear dynamics have unveiled the benefits and great potential of nonlinear dynamical behaviours in a wealth of engineering applications in different areas, such as vibration control, energy transfer, metamaterials, microelectronics, and biomimetic systems, just to name a few.

This Collection will be devoted to the latest advances towards understanding and exploiting the benefits of nonlinearity in current and future engineering applications. We will consider primary research in the fields of engineering, computational science, robotics, energy, materials science, applied physics, networks dynamics and complex systems.

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Rainbow coloured depiction of a Lorenz attractor, in the shape of a figure eight.


Chris G. Antonopoulos is a Lecturer at the University of Essex. His research focuses on using novel mathematical and computational techniques to study problems in dynamical systems, chaotic systems, computational neuroscience, complex systems, and complex networks. Dr Antonopoulos has been an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports since 2022.


Lingzhong Guo is a Lecturer in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield. His research focuses on modelling, analysis, and control of nonlinear dynamic systems as well as applying the tools developed to complex systems in physics, engineering, and biomedical sciences. Dr Guo has been an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports since 2022.


Paolo Tiso is a Senior Scientist at ETH Zürich. His current research interests focus on model order reduction for nonlinear structural mechanics and coupled problems, with special emphasis on light-weight structures, thermo-elastic, thermo-aero-elastic systems, and problems featuring contact and friction. Dr Tiso has been an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports since 2022.



Yongguang YU is currently a Full Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at Beijing Jiaotong University, China. His research interests are in Nonlinear Control, Swarm Intelligent Algorithm, Complex Network, Fractional Differential Equations, Stochastic Control and Epidemic Dynamics. Prof YU has been an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports since 2022.