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
Saptarshi Sarkar, Breiffni Fitzgerald, Biswajit Basu, Development of a Flexible Multibody Dynamics Wind Turbine Model following Kane's Method, Civil Engineering Research in Ireland, Dublin, August 2018, 2018
David Igoe, Breiffni Fitzgerald and Saptarshi Sarkar, Monopile soil-structure interaction for estimating the dynamic response of an offshore wind turbine, Civil Engineering Research in Ireland, Dublin, August 2018, 2018
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
David Igoe, Luke Prendergast, Breiffni Fitzgerald and Saptarshi Sarkar, Numerical modelling of a monopile for estimating the natural frequency of an offshore wind turbine, China - Europe Conference on Geotechnical Engineering, Vienna, August 2018, 2018
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
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
Breiffni Fitzgerald, Biswajit Basu, Structural control of wind turbines with soil structure interaction included, Engineering Structures, 111, 2016, p131-151
Breiffni Fitzgerald and Biswajit Basu, DYNAMICS OF ONSHORE WIND TURBINES WITH SOIL STRUCTURE INTERACTION, 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
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
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
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
Engineers Ireland - Structures & Construction Committee Member
Institute of Structural Engineers - Ireland Branch Committee Member
Awards and Honours
Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Student Prize
Collen Prize in Engineering
Gold Medal, Trinity College Dublin
Irish Research Council Award
Engineers Ireland, Chartered Engineer (CEng)