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Humans and Structures Laboratory

Dr Stana Zivanovic
Reader in Struct. Eng.

Contact details:
Room A314
School of Engineering
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK

T: +44(0)24 765 28392
F: +44(0)24 764 18922

S dot Zivanovic at warwick dot ac dot uk


Call for papers - Special Issue in Shock and Vibration journal:
Human-Induced Vibrations of Footbridges

Welcome to the Humans & Structures Laboratory

The Humans & Structures Laboratory (HSL) was established in 2010. The research remit of the lab covers:

  • Human behaviour and human-induced dynamic loading within civil infrastructure
  • Structural identification (including vibration performance, modal testing, and damage detection)
  • Human-human and human-structure interactions and synchronisations
  • Vibration serviceability and sustainable design

Our research approach consists of combined numerical and experimental investigations into topics such as: kinematics and kinetics of human actions (walking, jumping, bouncing and running) on footbridges, grandstands, long-span floors, staircases and other slender structures, performance-based vibration serviceability evaluation, hammer-, shaker- and ambient-based modal testing of full-scale structures and combined human-structure systems, human response to vibrating environments, and sustainable design (e.g. concrete and FRP structures).

In 2012, we built a unique 19.9m long full-scale laboratory bridge which is used as a test bed for studying both the dynamic loading by humans and the structural performance. In addition, we have access to the Gait Laboratory for detailed studies of human actions.

If you would like to learn more about our work, please browse our website and feel free to email us in case you have any queries or you are interested in collaboration.

Dr Stana Zivanovic, Mar. 2017