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Structural Engineering

Struct Eng
 Structures

Our Research

Key phrases for research interests are provided with name of group member. For details of their research portfolio, current projects, national and international links and research opportunities go to their personal web-page using the link on the right-hand side of this page. Current activities within the structures group at Warwick focus on the characterisation of components, joints and whole structures of new and traditional materials (FRP, stainless-steel and novel concretes); multi-hazard assessment (fire, seismic, wind blast) of structures; and monitoring the behaviour of existing structures using integrated communication and sensor systems.

Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) (Professor Toby Mottram, Dr Reyes Garcia Lopez)

Research into structural engineering research with Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) shapes and systems is led by Prof. Toby Mottram. Our activities with materials, elements, connection and joints, sub-assembles and full structures are to gain knowledge and understanding on their responses to loadings (static and dynamic). Toby has a particular strength in characterising the strengths of steel bolted connections and joints for structures of pultruded FRP shapes. The outcomes of the research is to have reliable and relevant test results and insight from numerical/computational modelling to inform the preparation of structural design standards. Toby is a member of WG4 Fibre Reinforced Polymer Structures in CEN/TC250 that is preparing Stage 2 design and background documents towards a future FRP Eurocode.

Projects

Civil Engineering Technicians (CET) Intranet with photographs showing the diversity of our projects.

Introductions to on-going research:

  • Transfer of research into design guidance (rules) for codes of practice
  • Experimental dynamic analysis of civil engineering structure
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Computational form-finding, patterning, and load analysis of fabric structures
  • Optimal form of rigid-type structures: arches, shells, domes
  • Minimal structural forms and applications