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Structures Research Group



My PhD is on the seismic performance of construction efficient reinforced concrete connections for the modular construction of nuclear structures, supervised by Dr. Matthew DeJong (now at UC Berkeley) and Professor Janet Lees.

Offsite manufacturing and construction is increasingly delivering faster construction, higher quality and increased productivity. The next generation of the UK’s Nuclear Power Plants, especially Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), stand to reap the benefits. For a Nuclear Power Plant built in a factory and then assembled on-site, the connections between the separate sections are an essential part of the overall structural performance.

The overall objective of this project is to develop, experimentally investigate and understand novel reinforced concrete cast-in-place connection designs subjected to the loads experienced during earthquakes. Both the seismic performance and overall construction performance are assessed for a broad range of designs, with these results set to inform a more detailed experimental study of a specific optimised design.

Part of the Concrete Infrastructure Research Group:


Work and Education: 

Cambridge, MEng (2011 - 2015), 

Laing O'Rourke, InnovateUK project on DfMA Nuclear Structures (2015 - 2016), 

PhD (2016 - 2020)


Key publications: 

Modular Civils for Modular Reactors, Nuclear Future, December 2016

Manufacturing Power Stations, Ingenia, Dec 2016,

Other publications: 



Teaching and Supervisions



- Structural Design and Materials - Third year (module 3D3)

- Structures - Second year (2P2), for Clare, Hughes Hall and St. Edmund's Colleges

Undergraduate Teaching: 

- Surveying Field Course in Scotland - Fourth year (module 4M9)

- Model Structures - Second year (Lab A2)

- Plastic Collapse - Second year (Lab S1)

- Structural Design Course - First year lab

- Engineering Surveying (IIA Project and Extension Activity)

Supervisor: Professor Janet Lees
 Harry  Edwards

Contact Details
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