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I worked my way through the part-time route of higher education as a mature student. My BEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering was at LSBU, my MSc in Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos at UCL, and my PhD at UCL too, supervised by Prof Michael Thompson (FRS). I also have a MA in Historical Research Methods (part-time study at Birkbeck).
My research area is on the large deformations of elastic rods and involves the application of Cosserat theory.
Over recent years, I have developed a bespoke laboratory for rod
research. Experimental data gathered from that lab, along with parallel theoretical work, has culminated in a number of publications in reputable international mechanics journals.
2017-2022: I have been PI on Modelling the Mechanics and Engineering Applications of Animal Whiskers (MMEAW), a multidisciplinary research project involving animal behaviour and mechanics. This involves Dr Robyn Grant of MMU and Prof Gert van der Heijden of UCL. I am also Co-I on a Royal Society APEX grant for whisker research.
Squirrel jumping: I am collaborating with Dr Lisa Leaver and Dr Dom Farris, from Exeter University. We are investigating squirrel jumping - specifically trying to understand how squirrels use the elasticity and flexibility of branches.
Insect wings: I am collaborating with colleague Dr Hamed Rajabi on the mechanics of insect wings.
Mechanical Engineering - MEng / BEng (Hons)
Mechanical Engineering - MSc
Mechanical Engineering - BEng (Hons)
Postgraduate Research Supervision
|Mr Sepehr Hajali Eraghi||Deployable origami structure design inspired by the asymmetric insect wing hinges||PhD|
|Miss Gemma Ann Ranson||Analysis of Amputee Needs in Northern Sri Lanka||PhD|
|Mr Nasif Bin Saif||Doctoral Research Project||PhD|
Awarded in the last 5 years
|Mr Ridouan Chaouki||Loop Formation and Contact Problems in Elastic Rods||PhD|
Welding and manufacturing student projects and research rigs
welding pressure vessels and pipelines.
|Royal Society||2021||MMMMammalWhiskers: Morphology, Mechanics and Movement of Mammalian Whiskers||Principal Investigator|
|Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)||2016||MMEAW: Modelling the MEchanics of Animal Whiskers||Principal Investigator|
|Proposal||Project||Role||Funder||Status||Status last updated|
|The role of veins in the control of wing shape in flying insects||The role of veins in the control of wing shape in flying insects||Principal Investigator||Leverhulme Trust||OPEN Submitted||Nov 2023|
|Every jump you take||To jump or not to jump, that is the question: Understanding proximate and ultimate determinants of arboreal jumping||Principal Investigator||Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)||OPEN Submitted||Sep 2023|
Ecomorphology reveals Euler spiral of mammalian whiskers.
Dougill, G., Starostin, E.L., Milne, A.O., van der Heijden, G.H.M., Goss, G.A. and Grant, R.A. (2020). Ecomorphology reveals Euler spiral of mammalian whiskers. Journal of morphology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.21246
The Euler Spiral of Rat Whiskers
Starostin, E., Grant, R.A., Dougill, G., van der Heijden, G.H.M. and Goss, G. (2020). The Euler Spiral of Rat Whiskers. Science Advances. 6 (3). https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aax5145
Reach of an Inclined Cantilever with a Tip Load
Singh, P. and Goss, V.G.A. (2019). Reach of an Inclined Cantilever with a Tip Load. Archives of Mechanics. 71 (6), pp. 595-614. https://doi.org/10.24423/aom.3254
The Clamped-Free Rod Under Inclined End Forces and Transitions Between Equilibrium Configurations
Singh, P. and Goss, V.G.A. (2019). The Clamped-Free Rod Under Inclined End Forces and Transitions Between Equilibrium Configurations. Journal of Engineering Mathematics. 117 (1), pp. 65-78. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10665-019-10009-7
Critical Points of the Clamped-Pinned Elastica
Singh, P and Goss, VGA (2018). Critical Points of the Clamped-Pinned Elastica. Acta Mechanica. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00707-018-2259-3
Asymptotic analysis of the clamped-pinned elastica
Singh, P. and Goss, VGA (2018). Asymptotic analysis of the clamped-pinned elastica. Archives of Mechanics. 70 (4), pp. 1-20.
Large Llamas with Silver Shoes
Goss, VGA (2017). Large Llamas with Silver Shoes. Society & Animals. 25 (2), pp. 144-162. https://doi.org/10.1163/15685306-12341443
Loading paths for an elastic rod in contact with a flat inclined surface
Goss, VGA (2016). Loading paths for an elastic rod in contact with a flat inclined surface. International Journal of Solids and Structures. 88-89, pp. 274-282. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2016.02.042
Describing whisker morphology of the Carnivora
Dougill, G., Brassey, C.A., Starostin, E., Andrews, H., Kitchener, A., van der Heijden, G.H.M., Goss, G. and Grant, R. (2023). Describing whisker morphology of the Carnivora. Journal of morphology. 284 (9), p. e21628. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.21628
Theoretical considerations of the mechanics of whisker sensors
Starostin, E., van der Heijden, G. and Goss, G. (2022). Theoretical considerations of the mechanics of whisker sensors . The 10th European Nonlinear Dynamics Conference (ENOC 2022) July 17-22, 2022, Lyon, France. Lyon 17 - 22 Jul 2022
Whisker Sensing by Force and Moment Measurements at the Whisker Base
Starostin, E.L., Goss, V.G.A. and van der Heijden, G. (2022). Whisker Sensing by Force and Moment Measurements at the Whisker Base. Soft Robotics. 10 (2), pp. 326-335. https://doi.org/10.1089/soro.2021.0085
Morphological peculiarities of a harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) whisker revealed by normal skeletonisation
Goss, G., Starostin, E., Dougill, G. and Grant, R.A. (2022). Morphological peculiarities of a harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) whisker revealed by normal skeletonisation. Bioinspiration & biomimetics. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-3190/ac5a6b
What can whiskers tell us about mammalian evolution, behaviour, and ecology?
Grant, R.A. and Goss, V.G. A. (2021). What can whiskers tell us about mammalian evolution, behaviour, and ecology? Mammal Review. 52 (1), pp. 148-163. https://doi.org/10.1111/mam.12253