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Breiffni Fitzgerald
Ussher Assistant Professor, Civil Struct & Env. Eng.


Dr. Breiffni Fitzgerald is an Ussher Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. He is also a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. Previously he has been a lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology, a visiting scholar at Aalborg University Denmark and a Marie Curie Fellow at Plaxis BV in the Netherlands.

He received a PhD from the University of Dublin in 2013 for a thesis entitled 'Active Strategies with TMDs for Control of Wind Turbine Vibrations'. His main teaching and research interests lie in the areas of structural dynamics and control, health/condition monitoring of civil engineering structures, wind energy and energy systems for smart cities.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Breiffni Fitzgerlad, Saptarshi Sarkar and Andrea Staino, Improved reliability of wind turbine towers with active tuned mass dampers (ATMDs), Journal of Sound and Vibration, Volume 419, 2018, p103 - 122 Journal Article, 2018 DOI URL

Saptarshi Sarkar, Breiffni Fitzgerald, Biswajit Basu and Arunasis Chakraborty, MAGNETO-RHEOLOGICAL TUNED LIQUID COLUMN DAMPERS TO IMPROVE RELIABILITY OF WIND TURBINE TOWERS, 13th International Conference on Vibration Problems, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India, 29/11/2017, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017 URL TARA - Full Text

Breiffni Fitzgerald and Biswajit Basu, A monitoring system for wind turbines subjected to combined seismic and turbulent aerodynamic loads, Structural Monitoring and Maintenance, 4, (2), 2017, p175 - 194 Journal Article, 2017 URL URL

Breiffni Fitzgerald, Biswajit Basu, Structural control of wind turbines with soil structure interaction included, Engineering Structures, 111, 2016, p131-151 Journal Article, 2016 DOI URL

Breiffni Fitzgerald and Biswajit Basu, DYNAMICS OF ONSHORE WIND TURBINES WITH SOIL STRUCTURE INTERACTION, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

Breiffni Fitzgerald and Biswajit Basu, Cable connected active tuned mass dampers for control of in-plane vibrations of wind turbine blades, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 333, (23), 2014, p5980 - 6004 Journal Article, 2014

Breiffni Fitzgerald and Biswajit Basu, Active tuned mass damper control of wind turbine nacelle/tower vibrations with damaged foundations, Key Engineering Materials, 569-570, 2013, p560 - 567 Journal Article, 2013

Breiffni Fitzgerald, Biswajit Basu and Søren R.K. Nielsen, Active tuned mass dampers for control of in-plane vibrations in wind turbine blades, Journal of Structural Control and Health Monitoring, 20, (12), 2013, p1377-1396 Journal Article, 2013

Breiffni Fitzgerald, John Arrigan and Biswajit Basu, Damage detection in wind turbine blades using time-frequency analysis of vibration signals, The 2010 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, Barcelona, Spain, 18-23 July 2010, IEEE, 2010, pp1-5 Conference Paper, 2010

Research Expertise


  • Title
    • Control and Power Take-off Optimization for WRAM (CAPTOW)
  • Funding Agency
    • European Commission
  • Date From
    • 01-01-2017
  • Date To
    • 31-12-2021


ACTIVE CONTROL; Civil Engineering; CONTROL SYSTEMS; Integration of Renewable Energy Systems; Renewable energy; Smart Cities; Soil Mechanics & Foundations; Structural Design; Structural Dynamics; Structural Engineering; WIND; Wind Energy and Wind Turbines; Wind, Wind Energy Engineering



Engineers Ireland - Structures & Construction Committee Member 2015-

Institute of Structural Engineers - Ireland Branch Committee Member 2015-

Awards and Honours

Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Student Prize 2010

Collen Prize in Engineering 2009

Gold Medal, Trinity College Dublin 2009

Irish Research Council Award 2009


Engineers Ireland, Chartered Engineer (CEng) 2007