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Professor David Cebon

Professor David Cebon

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

David Cebon is accepting applications for PhD students.

University Engineering Department
Trumpington St

Cambridge CB2 1PZ
Office Phone: +44-(0)1223-332665


David Cebon BE, PhD, FREng, FIMechE, is Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering,  Director of the Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium and the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight, as well as Managing Director of Granta Design Limited.  He is also a Fellow of Queens' College Cambridge

Professor Cebon leads an active research group concerned with the design and dynamics of heavy vehicle suspensions, road damage and the micromechanics of asphalt failure. He also has interests in the use of computers in engineering design and education. He has written numerous papers on the dynamics of heavy vehicles, traffic instrumentation, road damage and materials information management software.

Research Interests

  • Vehicle dynamics, design of vehicle suspensions using passive and active components.
  • Heavy vehicle safety, productivity and fuel consumption
  • Damage mechanisms of bitumens and asphalts.
  • Damage to road surfaces and bridges caused by dynamic wheel forces of heavy goods vehicles.
  • Heavy vehicle 'weigh-in-motion' technology.
  • Selection of materials and standard components in design.
  • Use of computers in engineering education.

Key Publications

Cebon, D. Handbook of Vehicle-Road Interaction, Swets and Zeitlinger B.V., Lisse, the Netherlands, ISBN 9026515545, 600pp, 1999.


Some Recent publications


  1. Cebon, D. and Ashby, MF.  ‘Engineering materials informatics’.  MRS Bulletin, Special Issue on Materials Informatics, Vol 31, pp 1004-1012, Dec. 2006.
  2. Costanzi, M, and Cebon, D.  ‘An Investigation of the Effects Of Lorry Suspension Performance on Road Maintenance Costs’  Proc
  3. J. Mech. Eng. Sci, IMechE , Vol 221, No C11, pp 1265-1277, 2007.
  4. Helmus, MN, Gibbons, DF and Cebon, D.  ‘Biocompatibility, meeting a key functional requirement of next generation medical devices’ Toxicologic Pathology, Jan 2008; vol. 36: pp. 70 - 80.
  5. Odhams, AMC; Roebuck, RL; Cebon, D and Winkler, CB ‘Dynamic safety of active trailer steering systems’.  Proc. IMechE, Part K: J. Multi-body Dynamics, 2008, 222(K4), pp367-380.
  6. Stone, EJ and Cebon, D.  ‘An experimental semi-active anti-roll system’ IMechE  J Auto Eng, Vol 222, No D12, pp2415-2433, 2008.
  7. Roebuck RL and Cebon, D.  ‘Implementation of Semi-Active Damping on a Tri-Axle Heavy Vehicle Suspension’  IMechE  J Auto Eng, Vol 222, No D12, pp2353-2372, 2008.
  8. Jeppesen, BP and Cebon, D. ‘Application of observer-based fault detection in vehicle roll control’  VSD, Vol. 47, No. 4, April 2009, 465–495.
  9. Ossa, EA, Deshpande, VS and Cebon, D.  ‘Triaxial deformation behaviour of bituminous mixes’ ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Vol 22, No 2, pp124-135, 2010.
  10. Stone, EJ and Cebon, D.  ‘Control of semi-active anti-roll systems on heavy vehicles’  VSD, Vol 48 No 10, pp1215-1243, 2010,
  11. Odhams, AMC, Roebuck, RL, Lee, YJ, Hunt, SW, and Cebon, D.  ‘Factors influencing the energy consumption of road freight transport’.  Proc IMechE Part C,  J Mech Eng Sci,Vol 24, No 9, 2010, pp 1995-2010
  12. Odhams, AMC, Roebuck, RL, Jujnovich, BA, Cebon, D. ‘Active Steering of a Tractor Semitrailer’  IMechE J Auto Eng.  Proc IMech E, Part D: J Auto Eng July 2011 vol. 225 no. 7 847-869. DOI:
  13. Midgley, WJ. and Cebon, D.  ‘Comparison of Regenerative Braking Technologies for Heavy Vehicles’.  IMechE  J Auto Eng,  226 (7) pp 957-970, 2012 DOI:
  14. Miller, JI, and Cebon, D.  'An investigation of the effects of pneumatic actuator design on slip control for heavy vehicles', Vehicle System Dynamics, Vol 51, No 1, 2013, pp 139-164, DOI: 
  15. Jujnovich, BA and Cebon, D.  ‘Path-following steering control for articulated vehicles’.  ASME J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control Vol 135 Number 3, 031006 May 2013, 15pp DOI:
  16. Midgley, W, Cathcart, H, Cebon, D.  'Modelling of Hydraulic Regenerative Braking Systems for Heavy Vehicles'  IMech E J Auto Eng, 2013, 227(7), pp1072-1084, 2013  DOI:
  17. Roebuck, RL, Odhams, AMC, Tagesson, K, Cheng, C. Cebon, D..  ‘Implementation of trailer steering control on a multi-unit articulated vehicle at high speeds’  ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, 136(2), 021016, 2014.

  18. Costanzi, M and Cebon, D.  'A Generalised phenomenological model for the viscoelasticity of idealized asphalts', ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering Vol 26, No 3, March 2014, pp399-410.

  19. 109       Wilson, G. Morrison, G. Midgley, W. Cebon, D.  ‘Relationship between Heavy Vehicle Speed Limit and Fleet Fuel Consumption on Minor Roads’  IMechE Proceedings Part C, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, published online March 12, 2015

  20. Goodrum, WJ and Cebon, D.  'Synthesising Spatially Repeatable Tyre Forces from Axle Load Probability Distributions'  IMechE Proceedings Part C, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, published online March 13, 2015 doi:

  21. Henderson, L. and Cebon, D.  ‘Full-scale testing of a novel slip control braking system for heavy vehicles’,  IMechE, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 22 Jan, 2015.   Published online before print:

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PhD approved

Feb 03, 2016

Qiheng (Matt) Miao's PhD dissertation 'Vision-based path-following control of articulated vehicles' has been approved by the university.

PhD approved

Aug 01, 2015

Amy Rimmer's PhD dissertation 'Autonomous Reversing of Multiply-Articulated Heavy Vehicles, PhD Dissertation, in Engineering Department' has been approved by the University.

PhD approved

Mar 09, 2014

Leon Henderson's PhD dissertation 'Improving Emergency Braking Performance of Heavy Goods Vehicles' has been approved by the University.

News on the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight

Feb 24, 2013

The Centre for Sustainable Road Freight is a new initiative involving researchers in heavy vehicle engineering at Cambridge; the Logistics Research Centre at Heriot Watt University working with a Consortium of companies from the road freight and vehicle manufacturing industries. The aim is to make road freight transport more sustainable. Follow links to two articles about the centre...

PhD Approved

Dec 01, 2012

Will Midgley's PhD dissertation 'Regenerative Braking of Urban Delivery Heavy Goods Vehicles' has been approved by the University.

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