Structural Engineering & Materials
Our Structural Engineering & Materials research discipline is made up of five sub-disciplines:
Our Concrete Structures sub-discipline addresses environmental and sustainability challenges in the built environment by bringing together a complementary mix of experimental, theoretical and computational modelling expertise on material technology, traditional and innovative construction materials, structural engineering, and extreme load conditions. Our work covers all aspects of concrete materials, structural and material testing and characterisation, short and long-term structural behaviour, analysis, innovation, and design.
Steel and Composite Structures
Current research activities are focussed on cold-formed steel structures considering local stability, earthquake resistance and performance in fire the stability of stainless steel thin-walled sections, tubular structures, performance of steel composite structures in fire, joint performance and modelling under fire and dynamic loading, and steel and timber acting compositely in hybrid structures.
Research covers all aspects of earthquake engineering including: seismic hazard and risk assessment, vulnerability assessment, performance-based design, active/passive seismic control of structures, soil-structure interaction, and development of novel strengthening techniques.
Computational Mechanics & Design
This research involves developing a deeper understanding of the mechanical behaviour of materials and structures, so that they can be used optimally or manipulated according to specific needs. This sub-discipline also undertakes research in fluid flow, primarily for application in building physics. A diverse range of applications are being considered, from design synthesis of 3D truss structures with over a billion potential members, to the manipulation of dynamic stress fields around microscopic inclusions. Extensive use is made of numerical techniques and computer implementations, using in-house and commercial software as appropriate.
Blast & Impact Engineering
Research aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms associated with intense, rapidly-varying loads on structures, resulting from accidental or malicious explosions. Our research gives insights into how to better protect people and buildings from these devastating effects. We have excellent experimental facilities at the Faculty’s Buxton site, where we can perform high explosive and impact tests on structures, in addition to tests to understand how materials behave when they are loaded to failure very rapidly.