Professor Andrew Tyas

Andy Tyas

DSTL/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Blast Protection Engineering

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5735
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700

Room: F113


Andrew Tyas is a graduate of Loughborough University of Technology, who spent five years working in civil engineering design practice before returning to academia. He received his PhD in for University of Sheffield for a DERA sponsored study of impact dynamics and was appointed Lecturer in Structural Design in 1997.

His teaching interests include structural analysis, design and blast and impact dynamics. He is particularly interested in helping students develop the confidence and maturity to produce suitable design ideas at the initial concept stage. He has been closely involved with the growth of the innovative MEng degree in Structural Engineering and Architecture, accredited by both the IStructE and RIBA, and has developed close links with the School of Architecture at Sheffield, leading to a number of teaching publications. He is currently First and Second Year Undergraduate Tutor.

Professor Tyas is head of the blast and impact research group in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, managing the testing laboratory at Harpur Hill, Buxton where research into blast physics and the response of structures to rapid dynamic loading is conducted. He is also a Director of Blastech Ltd, a University spin-out company offering consultancy and commercial testing services to industry in the field of blast and impact loading of structures. Additionally, he collaborates with Dr Matthew Gilbert in the development of computational optimisation-based methods for the design of structures. 

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Pichugin AV, Tyas A & Gilbert M (2011) Michell structure for a uniform load over multiple spans. 9th World Congress on Structural & Multidisciplinary Optimization. Shizuoka, Japan, 13 June 2011 - 17 June 2011. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download