ProfessorGeoffrey Rodgers

Deputy Head of Department
Civil Mechanical E511
Internal Phone: 92270


Research Interests

Professor Rodgers specialises in dynamic system modelling, instrumentation and control for applications from earthquake engineering to biomedicine. While these may initially seem like disparate research areas, the fundamental mechanics and the key skill set required are closely similar. His research in structural damping devices has seen uptake by the profession, progressing from an initial concept through development, modelling, experiments, and finally deployment within the Christchurch rebuild and internationally, enabling improvements in building resilience.

His research in bioengineering seeks to create a meaningful difference to the quality of life of joint replacement patients. His bioengineering research includes dynamic measurement, signal processing, non-linear modelling, video motion tracking, and gait analysis/biomechanics. Projects include acoustic monitoring of total hip replacement implants and lung mechanics, as well as computational optimisation of orthopaedic implant design.

He has also undertaken structural monitoring, assessing the performance of buildings through the Canterbury earthquake sequence, through international linkages with UCLA, Texas A&M, and Duke Universities.

He has also undertaken major international projects with the International Joint Research Laboratory for Earthquake Engineering at Tongji University in Shanghai. These major internationally collaborative projects utilise international testing facilities well beyond anything available within NZ. He has two additional ongoing projects to undertake large-scale experimental tests at the same shake-table test facility.

His research has received numerous awards and featured in media, including the BBC, German TV, Radio NZ, Australasian Science Magazine, and The Press.

Recent Publications

  • Henry R., Zhou Y., Lu Y., Rodgers G., Gu A., Elwood K. and Yang T. (2021) Shake-Table Test of a 2-storey Low-Damage Concrete Wall Building. Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (2021;1-24): 24.
  • Vishnupriya V., Rodgers G. and Chase G. (2021) Modelling upper and lower bound force capacity of High Force to Volume lead extrusion dampers. Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering
  • Vishnupriya V., Rodgers G. and Chase JG. (2021) Nonlinear Finite Element Modelling of HF2V lead extrusion damping devices: A generic design tool. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering Accepted, in-press
  • Xie R., Rodgers GW. and Sullivan TJ. (2021) Effect of Damper Sub-System Stiffness on the Response of a Single Degree of Freedom System Equipped with a Viscous Damper. Journal of Earthquake Engineering
  • Zhou C., Chase JG. and Rodgers GW. (2021) Support vector machines for automated modelling of nonlinear structures using health monitoring results. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing 149