Matthew Bryant

Associate Professor

Director of iSSRL: Intelligent Structures and Systems Research Lab
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Dr. Bryant is interested in a multidisciplinary approach that combines smart materials, dynamical systems, and fluid-structure interaction phenomena to create novel systems for energy harvesting, sensing, and actuation.

In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Bryant enjoys outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, kayaking, and nature photography.

Education

Ph.D. 2012

Mechanical Engineering

Cornell University

M.S. 2011

Mechanical Engineering

Cornell University

B.S. 2007

Mechanical Engineering

Bucknell University

Research Description

Dr. Bryant's research seeks novel solutions and new devices that contribute to the advancement of emerging technologies in areas including ambient energy harvesting, fluid-structure interaction, and robot actuation and mobility. His work emphasizes a multi-disciplinary approach and encompasses both experimental and theoretical investigations. Of particular interest are applications that incorporate smart or adaptive materials and structures, as well as be bio-inspired designs. He is currently working on (1) energy harvesting from piezoelectric structures that driven by fluid-induced vibration or flutter instabilities, (2) aerodynamics of flapping and oscillating wings, (3) development of self-powered sensing/actuation systems, and (4) bio-inspired artificial muscles for robotics and prostheses. At the graduate level, Dr. Bryant plans to teach a course in smart materials systems. This course will introduce students to modeling, analysis, design, and applications of smart materials systems with applications to piezoelectrics, shape memory alloys, and electroactive polymers.

Publications

Control and Control Allocation for Bimodal, Rotary Wing, Rolling-Flying Vehicles
Atay, S., Bryant, M., & Buckner, G. (2021), JOURNAL OF MECHANISMS AND ROBOTICS-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4050998
Finite wing lift during water-to-air transition
Weisler, W. A., Waghela, R., Granlund, K., & Bryant, M. (2021), PHYSICAL REVIEW FLUIDS. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevFluids.6.054002
Genetic Algorithm-Based Optimal Design of a Rolling-Flying Vehicle
Jenkins, T., Atay, S., Buckner, G., & Bryant, M. (2021), JOURNAL OF MECHANISMS AND ROBOTICS-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4050811
Modeling of Resistive Forces and Buckling Behavior in Variable Recruitment Fluidic Artificial Muscle Bundles
Kim, J. Y., Mazzoleni, N., & Bryant, M. (2021), ACTUATORS, 10(3). https://doi.org/10.3390/act10030042
Modeling, simulation, and equilibrium analysis of tethered coaxial dual-rotor ocean current turbines
Metoyer, R., Chatterjee, P., Elfering, K., Bryant, M., Granlund, K., & Mazzoleni, A. (2021), ENERGY CONVERSION AND MANAGEMENT. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2021.113929
The Spherical Rolling-Flying Vehicle: Dynamic Modeling and Control System Design
Atay, S., Bryant, M., & Buckner, G. (2021), JOURNAL OF MECHANISMS AND ROBOTICS-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4050831
Theoretical and experimental investigation of an unsteady airfoil in the presence of external flow disturbances
SureshBabu, A. V., Medina, A., Rockwood, M., Bryant, M., & Gopalarathnam, A. (2021), JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS. https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2021.484
Aeroelastic inverse: Estimation of aerodynamic loads during large amplitude limit cycle oscillations
Kirschmeier, B., Pash, G., Gianikos, Z., Medina, A., Gopalarathnam, A., & Bryant, M. (2020), JOURNAL OF FLUIDS AND STRUCTURES, 98. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfluidstructs.2020.103131
Amplitude Annihilation in Wake-Influenced Aeroelastic Limit-Cycle Oscillations
Kirschmeier, B. A., Gianikos, Z., Gopalarathnam, A., & Bryant, M. (2020), AIAA JOURNAL, 58(9), 4117–4127. https://doi.org/10.2514/1.J058942
Design and testing of a centrifugal fluidic device for populating microarrays of spheroid cancer cell cultures
Weisler, W., Miller, S., Jernigan, S., Buckner, G., & Bryant, M. (2020), JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING, 14(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13036-020-0228-6

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Grants

MAARCO – Multi-terrain Amphibious ARCtic ExplOrer
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/21 - 8/31/24)
Control of Aeroelastic Structures via Prescribed Aerodynamic Disturbances
National Science Foundation (NSF)(7/01/20 - 6/30/23)
Mobile UAS Mothership for Subterranean Mapping and Monitoring
US Army - Army Research Office(1/14/19 - 2/14/21)
CAREER: Muscle-Inspired Load-Adaptive Actuation for Compliant Robotics
National Science Foundation (NSF)(5/01/19 - 4/30/24)
Autonomous Sensing Platforms for Subterranean Mapping and Monitoring
US Army - Army Research Office(4/01/18 - 2/28/19)
Design, Fabrication and Testing of Smart Material Carrier Basket Arrays (smCBAs) for Automated Analysis of 3D Cell Cultures
National Institutes of Health (NIH)(5/04/18 - 10/31/18)
Aerodynamic and Aeroelastic Behavior of Wings in the Presence of Upstream Vortical and Viscous Disturbances
US Air Force - Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)(7/01/17 - 6/30/21)
Aerodynamic Forces on Slender Body in Supersonic Cavity
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)(7/09/16 - 9/30/19)
Vortex-Enhanced Flow Energy Extraction through Wake Interactions
NCSU Faculty Research & Professional Development Fund(7/01/15 - 6/30/16)
Control Approach Development for Variable Recruitment Artificial Muscles
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)(1/01/15 - 8/31/15)