Prof Buick Davison
Deputy Head of Department
Professor of Structural Engineering
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5354
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700
BEng PhD CEng MICE
Prof Buick Davison is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He joined the academic staff in 1993 after a number of years in practice as a Structural Engineer where he gained first-hand experience in the design and construction of numerous projects including sports stadia, factories and multi-storey buildings. His research interests are in the behaviour of steel-framed structures, in particular the influence of connections on frame response, and sustainability issues in structural engineering. He has authored more than 120 refereed journal and conference papers and held research grants from the EU, EPSRC, Building Research Establishment, Steel Construction Institute and Corus.
Current research projects include:
- Development of a component based model of the behaviour of steel beam-to column connections in fire
- Steel connections subject to dynamic loading
- Robustness of steelwork connections in multi-storey buildings at elevated temperatures
- Structural Bolting Assemblies in Fire
- Deconstruction of framed buildings
- Retrofitting hard to treat homes
Activities and Distinctions
Prof Davison’s expertise is in steel design and he is co-editor of the Steel Designers’ Manual (6th and 7th editions). He was a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers steering group for the EC3-based steel deign handbook and has contributed to a number of steel design teaching initiatives (SSEDTA, NFATEC, EURING). His keen interest in the design of contemporary buildings led to the development of the dual accredited Structural Engineering and Architecture programme. He worked with Professor Bernard Johnston (a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor) to introduce a new Architectural Engineering Design programme which, recognising the impact of buildings on the environment, has key themes of the development of the skills required to implement integrated, environmentally sensitive designs and the use of leading-edge building simulation techniques. The ethos of the course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of fundamental principles, an appreciation and some experience of practical application and the inspiration to improve, to innovate and to be creative. He is a Director of the Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, one of only four in the UK.
- 2009-2012: "COMPFIRE Design of joints to composite columns for improved fire robustness" funded by EU Research Fund for Coal and Steel. Investigators: JB Davison, IW Burgess and Z Huang. Value: €220,000.
- 2008-2011: "URSULA: Urban River Corridors and Sustainable Living Agendas" funded by EPSRC. Investigators: DN Lerner, P Armsworth, S Connelly, P Bibby, S Molyneux-Hodgson, DM Romano, P Warren, L Maltby, S Sharples, JB Davison, JM Henneberry, RM Ashley, SN Lane, VR Stovin, JB Boxall, KJ Gaston, E Sharp and E Lange. Value: £2,584,763.
- 2007-2010: "Response of Steel Beam-to-Column Connections to Dynamic Loading" funded by EPSRC. Investigators: A Tyas and JB Davison. Value: £344,601.
- 2005-2008: "Robustness Of Joints In Steel-Framed Structures At High Temperatures" funded by EPSRC. Investigators: IW Burgess, R Plank and JB Davison. Value: £283,281.
- 2002-2004: "Rapid construction of passenger interchanges" funded by DTLR. Investigator: JB Davison. Value: £134,428.
Prof Davison has taught widely at undergraduate and postgraduate level and currently teaches structural design to final year students at undergraduate and postgraduate level in modules CIV406 and CIV6245.
- Dong G, Burgess I, Davison B & Sun R (2015) Development of a general component-based connection element for structural fire engineering analysis. Journal of Structural Fire Engineering, 6(4), 247-253.
- Densley Tingley D, Hathway A & Davison B (2015) An environmental impact comparison of external wall insulation types. Building and Environment, 85, 182-189.
- Bull L, Palmiere EJ, Thackray RP, Burgess IW & Davison B (2015) Tensile behaviour of galvanised grade 8.8 bolt assemblies in fire. Journal of Structural Fire Engineering, 6(3), 197-212.
- King CM & Davison JB (2014) Cross-section slenderness limits for columns with plastic rotations. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 95, 162-171. View this article in WRRO
- Rahbari R, Tyas A, Buick Davison J & Stoddart EP (2014) Web shear failure of angle-cleat connections loaded at high rates. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 103, 37-48.
- Block FM, Davison JB, Burgess IW & Plank RJ (2013) Deformation-reversal in component-based connection elements for analysis of steel frames in fire. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 86, 54-65.
- Block FM, Davison JB, Burgess IW & Plank RJ (2013) Principles of a component-based connection element for the analysis of steel frames in fire. Engineering Structures, 49, 1059-1067.
- Densley Tingley D & Davison B (2012) Developing an LCA methodology to account for the environmental benefits of design for deconstruction. Building and Environment, 57, 387-395.
- Stoddart EP, Byfield MP, Davison JB & Tyas A (2012) Strain rate dependent component based connection modelling for use in non-linear dynamic progressive collapse analysis. Engineering Structures.
- Tyas A, Warren JA, Davison JB, Stoddart EP, Tait SJ & Huang Y (2012) A methodology for combined rotation-extension testing of simple steel beam to column joints at high rates of loading. Experimental Mechanics, 52(8), 1097-1109.
- Yu H, Burgess IW, Davison JB & Plank RJ (2011) Experimental and numerical investigations of the behavior of flush end plate connections at elevated temperatures. Journal of Structural Engineering, 137(1), 80-87.
- Tingley DD & Davison B (2011) Design for deconstruction and material reuse. Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Energy, 164(4), 195-204.
- Owens G & Davison J (Ed.) (2011) Steel Designers' Manual. Wiley-Blackwell.