Benjamin Cazzolato

Professor Benjamin Cazzolato

Professor

School of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Lecturer, researcher and consultant in system dynamics and control, including vibro-acoustics, finite element analysis & modal analysis.

My research involves the study of dynamic mechanical systems, especially those systems involving energy transfer via wave propagation.  This involves length scales from the atomistic to large ocean waves.  A select number of research topics are listed below.  Please see the Acoustics, Vibration and Control Group website for a complete list of published works, active projects and research areas. The Robotics Group website also details projects in the fields of robotics and control. 

Sound and Vibration

I have worked in the field of sound and vibration for two and a half decades, both as a consulting engineer and as a researcher, and covers both active and passive forms of noise control, aeroacoustics, vibroacoustics, thermoacoustics and vibration isolation.

Ocean Energy

I am currently research several mechanisms for generating useful forms of energy from oceans. These can be broadly classified as either wave energy converters or oscillating cylinders in low speed flows. The wave energy converters of interest are oscillating water columns and point (buoy) absorbers. For more information see the Wave Energy Research Group website.

Dynamics and Control

I am fascinated by the control of dynamic systems. Current research includes the control of energy converters, dynamically unstable mobile platforms, and parallel and serial manipulators. For more information see the AVC Group website or the Robotics Group website.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 Professor University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2014 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2003 - 2006 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2001 - 2002 Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2000 - 2000 Post-doctoral researcher University of Adelaide
    1999 - 2000 Anglo-Australian Post-Doctoral Fellow University of Southampton
    1991 - 1994 Consulting Engineer VIPAC Engineers and Scientists
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2018 Award Australian Acoustical Society President's Prize Australian Acoustical Society Australia
    2017 Award On Prime CSIRO Australia
    2016 Award Commercial Accelerator Scheme Encouragement Award The University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 Award National Instruments Impact Award Finalist and Runner-up National Instruments United States
    2013 Research Award Paper Award at ACRA 2013 ACRA Australia
    2013 Research Award Australian Acoustical Society President's Prize Australian Acoustical Society Australia
    2013 Teaching Award Australasian Association for Engineering Education for Award for Engineering Education Engagement, Australasian Association for Engineering Education
    2012 Award Malcolm Kinnard Excellence Award Engineers Australia. Australia
    2012 Award The Innovation/Research and Development Engineering Excellence Award Engineers Australia SA Division Australia
    2012 Nomination Australian Engineering Excellence Award finalist Engineers Australia Australia
    2011 Research Award Australian Acoustical Society President’s Prize Australian Acoustical Society Australia
    2008 Research Award Runner up best prize in vibro-acoustics at Acoustics 08, the joint Acoustical Society of America and European Acoustical Society conference.
    2006 Teaching Award The Stephen Cole the Elder Prize for Excellence in Teaching The University of Adelaide Australia
    2006 Teaching Award Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning Office of Learning and Teaching
    2005 Teaching Award ECMS Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching University of Adelaide Australia
    2000 Research Award Australian Acoustical Society President’s Prize Australian Acoustical Society Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1999 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    1991 The University of Adelaide Australia BE (Hons)
  • Research Interests

Competitive Research Grants over past 15 years
Grant Title Scheme and Year Amount Awarded
Higher-order virtual sensors for remote active noise control systems Adelaide University Small Research Grants Scheme, 2002 $12,000
Development of Next Generation Rear Vision Mirror CRC-IMST SP1.6, 2003-2005 $300,000
Virtual acoustic sensors for active noise control systems ARC Discovery, 2004-2006 $296,000
Development of a VTOL RC Aircraft Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund, 2004 $40,000
Smart structures and virtual microphones ARC Linkage International, 2005 $41,000
Application of Passive Control Devices to a Launch Vehicle  US Air Force, 2000-2005 $340,000
Scanning 3D laser vibrometer for non-contact in-plane and out-of-plane vibration measurement ARC LIEF, 2005 $542,000
A control moment gyroscope Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund, 2010 $30,000
Establishment of a Large Scale Wind Tunnel Facility at the University of Adelaide Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund, SA Premier's Science and Research Fund and the University of Adelaide, 2010 $1,687,000
Scramjet-based access-to-space systems  ASRP Stream B, Round 1, 2010 $5,000,000
Multi-autonomous ground-vehicle international challenge U of A DVCR/A, ECMS, Mechanical Engineering, 2010 $100,000
Prosthetic attachment for transfemoral amputees MDRG, 2011 $20,000
Upgrade of 3D scanning laser Doppler vibrometer  DVCR Strategic Equipment Round, University of Adelaide, 2012 $85,000
Mechanisms of sound absorption at the nanoscale ARC DP, 2013 $300,000
Oscillating water column efficiency improvement through impedance matching and active latching control techniques ARC Linkage, 2013 $325,000
Biologically inspired active vision systems Interdisciplinary Research Fund, 2013 $29,000
Establishment of a Flight Simulator Laboratory Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund, 2014 $58,000
Building an aero-elastic and aerodynamic testing facility using intelligent haptic control ECMS Research Support Scheme 2014 $32,000
A portable acoustic array ECMS Research Support Scheme, 2014 $40,000
Large scale 6 degree-of-freedom test facility ARC LIEF, 2015 $630,000
Modelling and optimisation of submerged buoys for improved ocean wave energy production DVCR Interdisciplinary Research Fund, 2015 $27,000
Single-Grain Sorter and Loader for Optical Dating IPAS Pilot Projects, 2015 $16,000
Establishment of force vibration testing capability for infrastructure health monitoring research  DVCR Research Equipment and Infrastructure Round, 2015 $12,000
New experimental facility for temperature, defect and stress imaging DVCR Research Equipment and Infrastructure Round, 2015 $49,000
Stress evaluation with non-linear guided waves ARC Discovery Project, 2016 $334,000
Laser radar study of sound refraction through hot jets ECMS Interdisciplinary Research Grant Scheme, 2016 $20,000
Low noise small scale wind based power generation using non-linear vortices interaction ECMS Interdisciplinary Research Grant Scheme, 2016 $12,000
Nonlinear modelling of fully submerged wave energy converters for high fidelity yet computationally efficient numerical analysis and prototype design ECMS Interdisciplinary Research Grant Scheme, 2016 $18,000
High frequency upgrade for the University’s 3D Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer ECMS Infrastriucture Grant Scheme, 2016 $67,000
High-resolution pipeline condition assessment using hydraulic transients ARC Discovery Project, 2017 $499,000
A standardised power conversion module for ocean energy applications CRC-P, round 3, 2017 $2,100,000
Large-volume, multi-use micro-CT ARC LIEF, 2018 $557,000
National Laser-based non-destructive evaluation system ARC LIEF, 2018 $680,000
Total competitive funding    $14,298,000

 

 

 

 

Subjects Taught

I am currently responsible for teaching two control automatic control subjects; Dynamics and Control II and Advanced PID Control. Dynamics and Control II is focussed on understanding and controlling dynamic systems from a state space perspective. Advanced PID control, as the name suggests, is focussed on developing PID control skills within a theoretical and practical framework.

One key interest for teaching is the development of physical platforms to demonstrate control theory. These include the Quanser Aerospace Systems, the Ball and Beam System, the Quanser Tightrope Walker, the Inverted Pendulum, and many others.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Drag Reduction of a Flat Plate Using Micro-Cavities Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Gianni Federico Severino
    2019 Co-Supervisor The neurophysiology of dragonfly optic flow encoding with applications to neurobotic engineering Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Edward Luong
    2019 Principal Supervisor Dynamics and Control of a Hybrid Marine Platform: Wave Energy Converters Integrated to a FOWT Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Leandro da Silva
    2018 Co-Supervisor Interactions Between Polyhedral Permanent Magnets Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr James O'Connell
    2018 Co-Supervisor Understanding the flow behaviour in human maxillary sinuses for drug delivery applications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Oveis Pourmehran
    2018 Principal Supervisor Vibration Based Wave Energy Harvesters Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Ngan Bich Dinh Tran
    2018 Co-Supervisor Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) Analysis of Aortic Valve Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Araz Rezaei Kivi
    2017 Co-Supervisor Fluid Transients for Pipe Condition Assessment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Wei Zeng
    2017 Co-Supervisor Investigation of dynamic wind loads on heliostats Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Azadeh Jafari
    2017 Co-Supervisor Optimisation of Magnetic Bistabler Energy Harvesting Devices Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Benjamin Wilhelm Schubert
    2017 Co-Supervisor Investigating Factors Affecting the Performance of a Six - DOF Maglev Vibration Isolator Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Nur Afifah Kamaruzaman
    2016 Co-Supervisor Development and Evaluation of Biologically Inspired Closed Loop Tracking and Pursuit Models using Simulink and Ground Based Robot Q Platform Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time John Vincent James
    2015 Principal Supervisor Mechanics of Sound Propagation Through Hot Exhaust Jets Gross Flow Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Orddom Leav
    2014 Co-Supervisor Modelling and Experimentaion of the Acoustic Absorption Properties of Carbon Nanotubes, in the Audible Frequency Range Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Hywel Anthony Bennett
    2014 Principal Supervisor Submerged Point Absorber Efficiency Improvement Through Impedance Matching Active latching Control Techniques Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Fantai Meng
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Task Allocation and Collaborative Localisation in Multi-Robot Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Nicholas David Sullivan
    2015 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Guidance for Time Efficient Path Following of Under-actuated Differential Thrust AUVs Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Xue Jin
    2015 - 2015 Other Analysis and Design on Hybrid Dynamical Systems: Stability, Control and Filtering Doctor of Engineering Higher Doctorate Full Time Prof Peng Shi
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor The attenuation of sweep events within the turbulent boundary layer over a flat plate using a micro-cavity array Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Anton Silvestri
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Three-Tether Wave Energy Converter: Hydrodynamic Modelling, Performance Assessment and Control Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Nataliia Sergiienko
    2014 - 2016 Principal Supervisor The Aeroacoustics of Finite Wall-Mounted Cylinders Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ric Zong Yang Porteous
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Harnessing Hydro-kinetic Energy from Wake-Induced Vibration (WIV) of Bluff bodies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Eshodarar Manickam Sureshkumar
    2013 - 2018 Co-Supervisor The effect of unsteady flow on wind turbine wake development and noise generation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nima Sedaghatizadeh
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Self-noise of Airfoils Under Stalled Conditions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Alex James Laratro
    2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor An Insect-Inspired Target Tracking Mechanism for Autonomous Vehicles Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Zahra Bagheri
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor A Method for Compensation of Changing Environmental and Operational Conditions for Structural Health Monitoring Using Guided Waves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Pouria Aryan
    2011 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Application of Micro Perforated and Impervious Membranes for Noise Barriers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Chenxi Li
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Harnessing hydrokenetic energy from Vortex-Induced Vibration (VIV) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Javad Farrokhi Derakhshandeh
    2011 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Experimental and Numerical Investigation of a Carbon Nanotube Acoustic Absorber Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Md Ayub
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Application of a Helmholtz resonator excited by grazing flow for manipulation of a turbulent boundary layer Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Farzin Ghanadi
    2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Six Degree of Freedom Active Vibration Isolation Using Quasi-Zero Stiffness Magnetic Levitation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tao Zhu
    2009 - 2014 Principal Supervisor A Study of a Stewart Platform-based Manipulator for Applications in Biomechanical Testing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Boyin Ding
    2009 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Hybrid Digital Control of Piezoelectric Actuators Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mohsen Bazghaleh
    2008 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Trajectory Design for a Very-Low-Thrust Lunar Mission Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Rogan Webbe Shimmin
    2008 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometry for Strain Measurement and Damage Detection Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Stuart Wildy
    2006 - 2010 Principal Supervisor Robust Scheduling Control of Aeroelasticity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Zebb Prime
    2006 - 2010 Principal Supervisor Spatially Fixed and Moving Virtual Sensing Methods for Active Noise Control Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Danielle Moreau
    2004 - 2008 Co-Supervisor Numerical Investigations of the Performance and Effectiveness of Thermoacoustic Couples Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Luke Zoontjens
    2004 - 2007 Principal Supervisor Lyapunov-based Control Strategies for the Global Control of Symmetric VTOL UAVs' Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Rohin Wood
    2004 - 2007 Co-Supervisor Optimal Spatially Fixed and Moving Virtual Sensing Algorithms for Local Active Noise Control Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Dick Petersen
    2003 - 2012 Principal Supervisor The Application of Tikhonov Regularised Inverse Filtering to Digital Communication through Multi-Channel Acoustic Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Pierre Dumuid
    2003 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Modelling and design of magnetic levitation systems for vibration isolation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Will Robertson
    2002 - 2007 Principal Supervisor Numerical Optimisation of Biomedical Implant Characteristics for Increased Service Life Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr David Thompson
    2002 - 2004 Co-Supervisor NUMERICAL MODELLING OF PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alexander Dunstone
    2001 - 2004 Principal Supervisor TOWARDS PRACTICAL SENSING STRATEGIES FOR LARGE ACTIVE NOISE CONTROL SYSTEMS Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Simon Hill
    1999 - 2004 Co-Supervisor Virtual sensors for active noise control Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jacqueline Munn
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83135449
  • Email: benjamin.cazzolato@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4367
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering South, floor 2
  • Room: 2 29
  • Org Unit: School of Mechanical Engineering

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